Land Use Policies for Sustainable Development

Land Use Policies for Sustainable Development

Exploring Integrated Assessment Approaches

Edited by Desmond McNeill, Ingrid Nesheim and Floor Brouwer

The urgent need to enhance sustainable development in developing countries has never been greater: poverty levels are growing, land conversions are uncontrolled, and there is rapid loss of biodiversity through land use change. This timely book highlights the need for integrated assessment tools for developing countries, considering the long-term impacts of decisions taken today.

Chapter 4: Integrated Assessment Approach

Pytrik Reidsma, Hannes König and Irina Bezlepkina

Subjects: development studies, agricultural economics, development studies, economics and finance, agricultural economics, environment, agricultural economics, environmental politics and policy, valuation, politics and public policy, environmental politics and policy, european politics and policy, urban and regional studies, regional studies


Pytrik Reidsma, Hannes König and Irina Bezlepkina INTRODUCTION As noted in Chapter 1, the objective of the LUPIS project (Land Use Policies and Sustainable Development in Developing Countries) is to improve knowledge of the impact that different land use policy options will have on the sustainable development of developing countries. Seven case studies have been selected, each relating to a specific land use problem, and each problem requires targeted land use policies. In order to assess these consistently, a methodological framework for sustainability impact assessment (SIA) has been developed that allows ex-ante assessments including: (1) multiple land use sectors; (2) multiple dimensions of sustainability; and (3) multiple scales. In this chapter we summarize the framework, step by step. In Part III, following the presentation of the case studies, we include some critical reflections on how this framework works in practice. The framework is meant to be generic and flexible, so that it can be applied across a range of issues and countries. It builds upon two complementary methodologies (SEAMLESS and SENSOR), developed in the European context, but has been enhanced and adapted for use in developing countries. SENSOR (Sustainability Impact Assessment: Tools for Environmental, Social and Economic Effects of Multifunctional Land Use in European Regions; Helming et al., 2008a) developed ex-ante impact assessment tools at a regional scale for EU policies related to land use, with a focus on cross-sectoral trade-offs and sustainability side effects. SEAMLESS (System for Environmental and Agricultural Modelling: Linking European Science and Society; Van Ittersum...

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