Transforming landscapes, transforming lives : the business of sustainable water buffer management

F. van Steenbergen, A. Tuinhof, L. Knoop, J.H. Kauffman

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This book is about sustainable land management, the development of water buffers and the business case underneath it. It is part of the discussion on the green economy: investment in natural resource management makes business sense. This also applies for investment in land, water and vegetative cover. Some of the parameters may be different – returns may not always be immediate – but essentially both the financial payback and the economic dividend of investing in integrated landscapes – if done properly – are rewarding. The social impact moreover is important – investing in sustainable land and water buffers will transform lives and economies. Having a buffer gives a sense of security and the reassurance that come what may one’s livelihood is secured.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
Publisher3R Water
Number of pages105
ISBN (Print)9789079658008
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • land management
  • sustainable development
  • buffers
  • buffering capacity
  • water management
  • resource management
  • natural resources
  • social impact
  • livelihood strategies


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