The Conservation Of Land Use Planning Essay

1279 Words Mar 17th, 2016 6 Pages
Land, according to Rossiter (1996), is defined as the area of the earth’s surface characterised by atmosphere, soil, underlying geology, hydrology and the biotic components such as plants and animals. These attributes bring into play a significant influence on the present and future uses of the land by us humans.
The turned focus to land for the sourcing out of food, extraction of natural resources and as a source of income for individuals, has been a norm for years. Decisions on land use have constantly been a part of the evolution of society (FAO, 1976). Since the land use changes have progressed throughout the years, the need for land use planning was brought about.
This process of land use planning aims to guide the decisions taken on land use, as to maximise the benefits of the resources derived from the environment for humans, whilst conserving the very same resources for the future (Rossiter., 1996; FAO., 1976).
Since land is ultimately the source of wealth and foundations on which a vast number of civilisations thrive upon (Rossiter., 1996), society need to ensure that land is not degraded. Inappropriate use of land leads to social problems such as poverty (Rossiter., 1996), the exploitation of natural resources and the deterioration of land resources.
According to (Tasser & Tappeiner., 2002; Falucci et al., 2007) land use change has impacted natural and semi-natural ecosystems in various ways over the last few decades. These land use changes also represent a crucial…

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