Land Resources: Now and for the Future

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Cambridge University Press, 2000 M07 20 - 319 pages
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This book provides an authoritative review of the resources of soils, water, climate, forests and pastures on which agriculture depends. It assesses the interactions between land resources and wider aspects of development, including population and poverty. Unless action is taken, the developing world will face recurrent problems of food security and conflict. The book gives some forcefully-expressed criticisms of current methods of assessing land degradation and placing an economic value on land. It should be read by all involved in rural development, including scientists, economists, geographers, sociologists, planners, and students of development studies. It provides a summary and perspective of the field of land resources, and suggests improvements needed to conserve resources for future generations. The hardback edition of the book received excellent reviews.

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Contents

Concern for land
1
Land resource issues
12
Resource survey and land evaluation
25
Competition for land
48
Working with farmers
72
Land use planning
83
Land degradation
101
Global issues climatic change and biodiversity
134
Land management caring for resources
179
Research and technology
203
Land food and people
220
Population poverty and conflict
254
Awareness attitudes and action
273
Notes
290
References
302
Index
313

Monitoring change land resource indicators
143
Costing the earth the economic value of land resources
154

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David Miller was born in Norfolk. He has worked in advertising, as a copywriter, and later as a creative director. He has travelled widely all over the world, and has lived and worked in Malaysia and Singapore. Shark Island was inspired by his experiences while visiting a small island off theeast coast of Malaysia. David now writes full-time and lives in Hampshire with his wife, Su'en and his daughter, Hanna. Shark Island is his first novel for children.

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