Land Use Policies for Sustainable Development
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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.
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Chapter 14: Conclusions and Policy Recommendations

Floor Brouwer, Desmond McNeill and Ingrid Nesheim


Floor Brouwer, Desmond McNeill and Ingrid Nesheim PERSPECTIVE OF THE VOLUME This volume offers a wide-ranging overview of efforts to improve the understanding of land use policies in the context of sustainable development. The selected case studies that are reviewed originate from Latin America, Africa and Asia. They also include a range of economic development pathways (with societies facing extreme poverty in Mali and Kenya, and emerging economies with high growth rates in China and India). In addition, different pressures on the environment are observed, with biodiversity loss in Brazil and Indonesia, land degradation processes in Tunisia, Kenya, Mali and India, as well as problems related to the availability and quality of water resources in Tunisia, Mali, Kenya, China and India. Finally, social constraints are observed in many cases, and the required institutional setting often is not in place to implement the policies properly. Although the case studies are very varied, a number of conclusions emerge from the volume regarding the development and use of tools to assess the impacts of land use policies for sustainable development in developing countries. 1. The significance of land use policies for sustainable development. Land use related activities are influenced by several sectors; while agriculture and forestry are dominant users of the limited land resources in most cases, tourism and the designation of nature conservation zones are important as well. Policies such as those identified in the case studies to cope with land degradation are often also targeted at the alleviation of poverty in...

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