Latent drivers of landscape transformation in eastern Europe: Past, present and future

Marcela Prokopová, Ondřej Cudlín, Renata Včeláková, S. Lengyel, Luca Salvati, Pavel Cudlín

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Land-use changes in Europe have been influenced by social forces including economic, demographic, political, technological and cultural factors. Contributing to a refined conceptualization of multifaceted processes of landscape transformation in the European continent, the present study proposes an extensive review of land-use trends in Eastern Europe, focusing on past, present and future conditions that may characterize latent drivers of change. Three time periods with a specific institutional, political and socioeconomic context reflecting distinct processes of land-use change were identified including: (i) the rapid transition to a centralized political system since the early 1950s (up to the late 1980s); (ii) a progressive transition from communist regimes to parliamentary democracy in 1989-1990 (up to the early 2000s); and (iii) the subsequent accession of individual countries to the European Union (2004-2007) up to nowadays. The most recent land-use trends are increasingly influenced by European directives on the environment, while national policies continue to shape economic development in member states.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2918
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 17 2018



  • Global change
  • Land-use change
  • Post-socialistic countries
  • Socioeconomic forces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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