Rural Planning from an Environmental Systems Perspective / Edition 1

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This book synthesizes knowledge from several fields that are crucial to sustainable rural development: the physical environment, biological and agricultural production, rural sociology and economics. It takes a systems perspective incorporating systems analysis, landscape analysis and soil, water, and land planning. Rural Planning from an Environmental Systems Perspective is directed toward graduate students and professionals, providing a source of information and concepts for those concerned with land and water policies and practice. It presents an integrated approach using practical and applicable models and methods and takes a middle position between an elementary conceptual approach to land and water management and a highly mathematically advanced treatise based exclusively on system modeling. The book is based on almost twenty years of experience in teaching a course on rural planning and the environment at the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies in Zaragoza, Spain. The authors are specialists from universities, research institutions and companies in Europe and North America.

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Table of Contents

Series Preface
Pt. I Introduction
1 Planning As a Way of Achieving Sustainable Development 3
Pt. II Bases for Resource Interpretation and Valuation in Land Planning
2 Information Systems for Rural Planning 21
3 Role of Land Surface Relief in Land Use Allocation 43
4 Climate As a Factor in Regional Planning 65
5 The Hydrological Cycle and the Role of Water in Mediterranean Environments 85
6 Evaluation of Soils for Land Use Allocation 109
Pt. III Production Systems
7 Habitat Conservation 131
8 The Natural Systems: Potential Production and Forest Management 145
9 The Agricultural System: Potential Production and Environmental Consequences 173
Pt. IV The Human Use of Rural Space
10 Human Organization in Rural Areas 195
11 Rural Development Engineering: Labourers of Development 219
Pt. V Rural Economics and Economics of Natural Resources
12 The Farm and Rural Community As Economic Systems 229
13 Introduction to the Economics of Resource Use in Planning 247
14 Public Policies, Markets, and Externalities 267
Pt. VI Systems and Land Planning Analysis
15 Land Use Allocation and Environmental Impact Assessment in Land Planning 289
16 Systems Analysis As a Tool for Rural Planning 315
17 Rural Planning: A Case Study 345
Index 369
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