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Study Progress of Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (IAHS): A Literature Analysis

Huiqi Song (), Pengwei Chen (), Yongxun Zhang () and Youcheng Chen ()
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Huiqi Song: Anxi Campus—Anxi College of Tea Science, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Quanzhou 362406, China
Pengwei Chen: Anxi Campus—Anxi College of Tea Science, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Quanzhou 362406, China
Yongxun Zhang: Institute of Agricultural Economics and Development, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, China
Youcheng Chen: Anxi Campus—Anxi College of Tea Science, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Quanzhou 362406, China

Sustainability, 2021, vol. 13, issue 19, 1-22

Abstract: Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (IAHS), as a new type of heritage, has received extensive attention from the international scientific communities. With the increase of IAHS research, reviews on it have been conducted by many scholars. However, visualized research to show future research trends of IAHS are lacking. Therefore, using metrology analysis methods, this study aims at presenting the progress of research and the general development trends of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) in the world from 2006 to 2020 to provide ideas for the development of countries or regions in the future. This study mapped 292 literatures from Web of Science core collections from 2006 to 2020 by CiteSpace software. The results show that research on IAHS from 2006 to 2020 experienced two stages: the fluctuating increase stage, and the steady growth stage. Author groups from China, Italy, the USA, Japan, etc., contributed many papers on IAHS. Institutions including the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the University of Florence and the University of Padua in Italy, etc., have a relatively high influence on international IAHS research. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment is the most cited journal. Agricultural Heritage Systems, regeneration, agriculture, agroforestry, dry-stone wall, social capital, instability, and agricultural biodiversity have been hotspots in the past 15 years. The research themes mainly focus on GIAHS, tourism, livelihood assets, and direct georeferencing. Authors in different regions concern different research themes. In the future, the fields of applications and microscopic views, social sciences, applications of standardized quantitative research methods, and broadened international cooperation should be paid more attention.

Keywords: Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (IAHS); CiteSpace; visual map; Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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