An integrated agro-economic and agro-ecological methodology for land use planning and policy analysis

A.A. Mohamed, M.A. Sharifi, H. van Keulen

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Abstract

The growing concern about land resource management and the associated decline in land quality have led to the realisation that land use planning and policy problems cannot be addressed adequately through a single discipline. Although this limitation is increasingly recognised in various disciplines, relatively little attention has been paid to the question of how to integrate agro-ecological and socio-economic aspects of land use. This paper contributes to the development and operationalisation of a methodology for land use planning and policy analysis that integrates agro-ecological and agro-economic information in such a way that it can assist policy makers in formulating and evaluating policy options at sub-regional level. First, the main conceptual and methodological challenges that stand in the way of integration are analysed and described. These challenges form the basis for the development and operationalisation of a methodology for integrating agro-economic and agro-ecological analysis in land use planning and policy analysis. The performance of the methodology in this integration process is subsequently discussed. Finally, a discussion of and conclusions on the strengths and weaknesses of the methodology are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-103
JournalInternational Journal of applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
Volume2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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