Analytical framework for disentangling the concept of sustainable land use

G. Kruseman, H. Hengsdijk, R. Ruben, H. van Keulen, A. Kuyvenhoven

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Definitions of sustainability have till now failed to suit both conceptual and operational purposes for lack of an appropriate analytical framework that can be used by biophysical and socio-economic sciences with equal ease. A framework for analysing sustainable land use is proposed which distinguishes between agro-ecological and socio-economic components and between different hierarchical system levels. In some detail the agro-ecological component is discussed in terms of changes in the stock of natural resources. Two decision-making levels with regard to land use, the farm level and the policy level are discussed in terms of the trade-offs between agro-ecological sustainability and socio-economic objectives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-207
JournalAgricultural Systems
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996


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