Regional development is intrinsically related to the way in which the land is used. Given the rising awareness of the multifunctionality of the world's land resources, policy makers now face the complex task of accommodating multiple objectives of an increasing number of stakeholders in regional development. This implies a need for tools that can be employed to provide insights into the opportunities and limitations of land use. Those tools should be capable of quantifying trade-offs between socio-economic, sustainability, and environment-related policy objectives.
This book offers a detailed account of a range of interdisciplinary methodologies for land use analysis, developed over a twelve-year period (1986-1998) in Costa Rica, through collaborative research between three institutions: one from the North (Wageningen Agricultural University of The Netherlands), and two from the South (the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center [CATIE] and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livesk [MAG]). The methodologies span a number of spatial scales, ranging from the field level all the way to the national level. Concepts of systems analysis and information technology play a pivotal role in each of the methodologies. Together, they form a unique toolbox that deserves ample use in the process of agricultural policy design.
|Series:||System Approaches for Sustainable Agricultural Development , #8|
|Edition description:||Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2000|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x 0.02(d)|
Table of Contents
Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. The physical and socio-economic setting: the northern Atlantic Zone of Costa Rica. 3. Using the CLUE framework to model changes in land use on multiple scales. 4. Spatial equilibrium modeling for evaluating inter-regional trade flows, land use and agricultural policy. 5. Technical Coefficient Generators for quantifying land use systems. 6. Integrated biophysical and socio-economic analysis of regional land use. 7. Exploring future land use options: combining biophysical opportunities and societal objectives. 8. Farm modeling for policy analysis on the farm and regional level. 9. Linking information technology and farmer knowledge in a decision support system for improved banana cultivation. 10. A toolbox for land use analysis. References. Abbreviations. Concepts and definitions employed in land use analysis. Introduction to the CD-ROM. Authors' affiliations. Index.