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Supporting complex decisions on land-use change

January 2022

A framework to support making major decisions about on-farm change is described in a short Research Findings Brief, for farmers, growers, farm consultants, rural professionals and policy makers. This framework can help land managers be more certain that land-use change decisions are likely to meet their needs and concerns.

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Key points

  • This research plays a part in understanding, supporting and encouraging land-use change, specifically to ‘next generation systems’. Next-generation farm systems (such as redesigned or redeveloped systems and enterprises, new or novel enterprises, and new technologies) aim to reduce food production’s environmental footprint and maintain or increase profit.
  • Deciding on land-use changes is a complex process that differs for every individual or group.
  • Phase 1 of the Next Generation Systems programme developed, tested and applied a multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) framework for supporting decision making about land-use change. The MCDM framework provides the ability to simultaneously consider multiple assessment criteria.
  • Researchers worked with different types of land managers who were considering land-use changes.

Research Findings Brief prepared by Our Land and Water

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Source: Challenges and Opportunities for Land Use. Transformation: Insights from the Central Plains. Water Scheme in New Zealand. Alan Renwick, Robyn. Dynes, Paul Johnstone, Warren King, Lania Holt,. Jemma Penelope. Sustainability, September 2019.. doi.org/10.3390/su11184912
Applying a Multi-Criteria Decision Making. Framework to Facilitate Adoption of Next. Generation Land-Use Systems in New Zealand. Alan. Renwick, Jemma Penelope, Robyn Dynes, Warren. King, Paul Johnstone, Lania Holt. NZARES – AARES One. day forum, August 2018, Wellington
Next generation systems: a framework for prioritising innovation. Alan Renwick, Anita Wreford, Robyn Dynes, Paul Johnstone, Grant Edwards, Carolyn Hedley, Warren King, Peter Clinton. Science and policy: nutrient management challenges for the next
generation, Occasional Report No 30, Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre, 2017
The case for a novel agroforestry system and crosssector collaboration. Lania Holt, Alan Renwick, Paul Johnstone, Robyn Dynes, Warren King. Nutrient loss mitigations for compliance in agriculture, Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre, Massey University, 2019.
Beyond Sustainable Intensification: Transitioning Primary Sectors through Reconfiguring Land-Use. Karen Bayne, Alan Renwick. Sustainability, March 2021. doi.org/10.3390/su13063225
Applying a Multi-Criteria Decision Making Framework to Facilitate Adoption of Next Generation Land-Use Systems under review, not yet published
Balancing the Push and Pull factors of Land-Use Change: A New Zealand Case-Study. Alan Renwick, Robyn Dynes, Paul Johnstone, Warren King, Lania Holt, Jemma Penelope. Regional Environmental Change, February 2022. doi.org/10.1007/s10113-021-01865-0

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