Synopses & Reviews
This book synthesizes knowledge from several fields that are crucial to sustainable rural development: the physical environment, biological and agricultural production, rural sociology and economics. It takes a systems perspective incorporating systems analysis, landscape analysis and soil, water, and land planning. Directed toward graduate students and professionals, it provides a source of information and concepts for those concerned with land and water policies and practice. It presents an integrated approach using practical and applicable models and methods and takes a middle position between an elementary conceptual approach to land and water management and a highly mathematically advanced treatise based exclusively on system modeling. The book is based on almost twenty years of experience in teaching a course on rural planning and the environment, the authors being specialists from universities, research institutions and companies in Europe and North America.
Table of Contents
. Introduction: Planning as a Way of Achieving Sustainable Development.- II
. Bases for Resource Interpretation and Valuation in Land Planning. Information Systems for Rural Planning. Role of Land Surface Relief in Land-Use Allocation. Climate as a Factor in Regional Planning. The Hydrological Cycle and the Role of Water in Mediterranean Environments * Evaluation of Soils for Land-Use Allocation.- III
. Production Systems. Habitat Conservation. The Natural Systems: Potential Production and Forest Management. The Agricultural System: Potential Production and Environmental Consequences.- IV
. The Human Use of Rural Space. Human Organization in Rural Areas. Rural Development Engineering and Laborers of Development.- V
. Rural Economics and Economics of Natural Resources. The Farm and Rural Community as Economic System. Introduction to the Economics of Resource Use in Planning. Public Policies, Markets and Externalities.- VI
. Systems and Land Planning Analysis. Land Use Allocation and Environmental Impact Assessment in Land Planning. Systems Analysis as a Tool for Rural Planning. Rural Planning: A Case Study.