Ten principles for a landscape approach to reconciling agriculture, conservation, and other competing land uses - J.Sayer et al.2013

The attached paper highlights a critical issue in integrated land use planning; that of multi-sector involvement in the process. By focusing purely on the ecological and biological objectives (of which there are many examples) there is a danger that landscape conservation planning can exclude the alternative and diverse needs of people and societies within these landscapes. In the abstract the paper states “There will be no single best answer [to mitigating the sectoral conflict for land use], and societies will have to confront challenges that transcend traditional agricultural and environmental boundaries. People and societies must make decisions. We contend that the quality of decision-making is a function of the process by which the decision is reached, and achieving objectives is an ongoing process subject to negotiation, learning, adaptation, and improvement”.

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