Land Use Planning

  • Günther Fischer
  • Marek Makowski
Part of the The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis book series (MMTA, volume 9)


The increasing human population in developing countries is exerting pressure on finite land resources, frequently causing overexploitation and land degradation. Sectoral and single-objective approaches to planning for the alleviation of this situation have often not been effective, and an integrated approach is required that involves all stakeholders, accommodates the qualities and limitations of each land unit, and produces viable land use options (FAO, 1995).


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    Agronomically attainable yield potential from an agro-climatic viewpoint, i.e., on suitable soils and terrain in suitable thermal zones. Maximum yield potential was determined with a simple crop biomass production model, see Appendix 1 in Fischer and van Velthuizen (1996).Google Scholar
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    A combined factor, as used in the original formulation of the USLE, accounting for the effects of vegetation cover and management techniques, was split into two separate terms, a crop cover factor and a management factor.Google Scholar
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    For instance, it is stipulated that subsistence farmers select LUTs having a high probability of succeeding also in “bad” years, even at the expense of lowering average expected production.Google Scholar

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  • Marek Makowski

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