Land Use and Spatial Planning

Enabling Sustainable Management of Land Resources

  • Graciela Metternicht

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Earth Sciences book series (BRIEFSEARTH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Graciela Metternicht
    Pages 1-6
  3. Graciela Metternicht
    Pages 61-65
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 67-116

About this book


This book reconciles competing and sometimes contradictory forms of land use, while also promoting sustainable land use options. It highlights land use planning, spatial planning, territorial (or regional) planning, and ecosystem-based or environmental land use planning as tools that strengthen land governance. Further, it demonstrates how to use these types of land-use planning to improve economic opportunities based on sustainable management of land resources, and to develop land use options that strike a balance between conservation and development objectives.

Competition for land is increasing as demand for multiple land uses and ecosystem services rises. Food security issues, renewable energy and emerging carbon markets are creating pressures for the conversion of agricultural land to other uses such as reforestation and biofuels. At the same time, there is a growing demand for land in connection with urbanization and recreation, mining, food production, and biodiversity conservation. Managing the increasing competition between these services, and balancing different stakeholders’ interests, requires efficient allocation of land resources.


Land use planning spatial planning sustainable land management sustainable development environmental planning participatory approaches territorial planning sustainable development goals environmental geography

Authors and affiliations

  • Graciela Metternicht
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, PANGEA Research CentreUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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