Sustainable land use

 

Sustainable land use is a very broad concept, involving many aspects of environmental, social and economic modeling.  Sustainable land use is broadly concerned with the use of land in a manner that enables the continued productivity and economic value of the land for the current generation without jeopardising the resource for future generations.

Historically, land has been regarded as an almost infinite resource until recently, when a rapidly growing world population, changing dietary preferences in many heavily populated world regions, and the advent of the Biofuels and bioenergy industries have combined to put increasing pressure on land to continue to deliver all that we require of it, including supplying food, fibre and fuel as well as delivering critical ecosystem services, including protection of: above and below ground carbon, biodiversity, habitats and water resources.

LCAworks has extensive expertise in the field of sustainable land use, in particular in the areas of quantifying above and below ground biomass, soil carbon and sustainable resource use.  Also, we have carried out several projects to explore the concepts underlying indirect land use change (ILUC) caused by expansion of Biofuels production, including research into factors affecting land utilization and yield.