Knowledge of the Land: Land resource information and its use in rural development

Hardcover | June 1, 2001

byBarry Dalal-Clayton, Dent David

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Planners and decision-makers today need to be in command of a broader range of tools and information than ever before. Knowledge of the Land aims to show what is available in the way of natural resources information, and how it has been used (or not used) in planning and policy making. Forboth methods and applications, the authors have tried to provide enough detail for the reader to judge what data, skills, and procedures are required to meet their particular needs, and the ample references give guidance on where to find further information.There has been a notable shift in planning and rural development over the past decade. Technocratic, top-down approaches are still very much in evidence, but there has been an explosion of participatory initiatives. Many institutions cling to sectoral thinking. There is, however, growingrecognition that sustainable development involves balancing environmental, social, and economic considerations, Such a balance requires an interdisciplinary approach, both to the the survey of natural resources, and to the use of the information acquired in land evaluation, planning, environmentalimpact assessment, and the preparation of coherent strategies and policies for sustainable development.The old ways and the new bring insights crucial to meeting these challenges. Both provide invaluable methods of work. By bringing together the standard methods of resource assessment and planning, and new thinking and emerging techniques, this book will help all practitioners to bridge the gapbetween the two.

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Planners and decision-makers today need to be in command of a broader range of tools and information than ever before. Knowledge of the Land aims to show what is available in the way of natural resources information, and how it has been used (or not used) in planning and policy making. Forboth methods and applications, the authors ha...

Barry Dalal-Clayton is at International Institute for Environment and Development, London. David Dent is at Bureau of Rural Sciences, Canberra.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.06 inPublished:June 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198296010

ISBN - 13:9780198296010

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Historical Perspective3. Information Needs and Methods of Resouce Assessment4. Land Evaluation5. Land Use Planning6. Environmental Impact Assessment7. Sustainable Development Strategies8. Participatory Planning9. Planning in Tanzania10. Planning in Sri Lanka11. Knowledge at All LevelsReferencesIndex

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`Techniques and tools available for information gathering are discussed in detail, which could be of immense benefit to most natural resources specialists as well as generalists working mainly on policy issues and supporting decision makers. This book is a very good sustainable developmentresource for developing countries because of its completeness.'Journal of Environmental Planning and Management