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Land Use Policies For Sustainable Development

Exploring Integrated Assessment Approaches

Desmond McNeill , Ingrid Nesheim , Floor Brouwer

Edited by Desmond McNeill, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Norway, Ingrid Nesheim, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Norway and Floor Brouwer, Senior Research Scholar, Research Unit on Environment, Nature and Landscape, LEI (Wageningen University and Research Centre), The Hague, The Netherlands

2012 320 pp Hardback 978 1 84980 292 5
ebook isbn 978 1 78100 247 6

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‘The ever increasing competition for land, and the environmental pressures being placed on this most fundamental resource, call for a new approach to its governance. Based on case studies from around the world this book provides a comprehensive and unique insight into the development of sustainable land use policies in developing countries and heralds the need to integrate environmental, social and economic considerations for effective and sustainable governance.’
– Lisa Emberson, University of York, UK

Contributors: A.M. Arbi, I. Bezlepkina, M. Bonin, F. Brouwer, M. Bursztyn, L. Chen, Y. Cissé, E. Coudel, S.A. Dalimunthe, N. Debortoli, N.I.S. Dewi, S. Feng, L.N. Gachimbi, P. Gicheru, H. Jeder, S. Kashyap, H. König, D. Lindoso, X. Ma, D. McNeill, S.N. Makokha, I. Nesheim, N. Novira, N. Ounalli, S. Patil, S. Purushothaman, F. Qu, T.S. Rahayu, P. Reidsma, S. Rodrigues-Filho, J. Schuler, M. Sghaier, X. Shi, J.-P. Tonneau, R. Verburg, J. Von Braun, J.W. Wamuongo, A.P. Wicaksono

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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.

The success of land use policies has in the past often been hampered by the fact that we simply do not know enough about their impact on sustainable development across developing countries. This book contributes to bridging this knowledge gap while facilitating the successful design and implementation of land use policies. The challenge of land use changes in response to changes in the policy environment – macro policy, agricultural and forest policy, environmental policy – is explored with a focus on the South. Detailed case studies encompassing seven countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America are presented via a common framework of analysis. In each case, sustainable development concerns are identified from environmental, economic and social perspectives. The interrelated causes of these problems are analysed by identifying key drivers and relevant land use policies, and the potential impact of prioritized land use policies are then discussed.

This important book will prove invaluable to academics, researchers, postgraduate students and policy makers concerned with land-use planning, sustainable development and environmental studies.

Full table of contents



1. Introduction
Floor Brouwer, Ingrid Nesheim and Desmond McNeill

2. Agriculture and Sustainable Development in Developing Countries in a Changed Global Context
Joachim von Braun

3. Institutional Context for Sustainable Development
Desmond McNeill, René Verburg and Marcel Bursztyn

4. Integrated Assessment Approach
Pytrik Reidsma, Hannes König and Irina Bezlepkina

5. Agricultural Non-point Source Pollution in Taihu Lake Basin, China
Shuyi Feng, Xiaoping Shi, Pytrik Reidsma, Xianlei Ma and Futian Qu

6. Land Degradation in the Arid Jeffara Region, Tunisia
Mongi Sghaier, Abdeladhim Mohamed Arbi, Jean-Philippe Tonneau, Nadia Ounalli, Houcine Jeder and Muriel Bonin

7. Land Degradation and Irrigation Practices in the Office du Niger, Mali
Youssouf Cissé, Muriel Bonin, Ingrid Nesheim, Jean-Philippe Tonneau and René Verburg

8. Pressure on Land in the Yogyakarta Region, Indonesia
Nina Novira, Syarifah Aini Dalimunthe, Nur Indah Sari Dewi, Triana Sefti Rahayu, Aditya Pandu Wicaksono, Hannes König and Johannes Schuler

9. Land Subdivision and Degradation in Narok, Kenya
Patrick Gicheru, Stella Nabwile Makokha, Le Chen, Louis N. Gachimbi and Jane W. Wamuongo

10. Agrarian Crisis and Policy Links: A Framework for Karnataka, India
Seema Purushothaman, Sheetal Patil and Sham Kashyap

11. Road Development and Deforestation in Amazonia, Brazil
Saulo Rodrigues-Filho, Marcel Bursztyn, Diego Lindoso, Nathan Debortoli, Ingrid Nesheim and René Verburg

12. Lessons from a Comparative Analysis of Case Studies
Ingrid Nesheim, Desmond McNeill, Irina Bezlepkina, Floor Brouwer, Youssouf Cissé, Shuyi Feng, Patrick Gicheru, Nina Novira, Seema Purushothaman, Saulo Rodrigues-Filho and Mongi Sghaier

13. Critical Analysis of Land Use Policies
Muriel Bonin, Emilie Coudel, Youssouf Cissé, Shuyi Feng, Patrick Gicheru, Nina Novira, Nadia Ounalli, Seema Purushothaman, Saulo Rodrigues-Filho, Mongi Sghaier, Xiaoping Shi and Jean-Philippe Tonneau

14. Conclusions and Policy Recommendations
Floor Brouwer, Desmond McNeill and Ingrid Nesheim


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