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Land Evaluation

Land evaluation

The estimation of the potential of land for specific kinds of use, including productive uses such as arable farming, livestock production and forestry together with uses that provide services or other benefits such as water catchment areas, recreation, tourism and wildlife conservation. Land evaluation identifies variations in landscape quality as a basis for developing strategies for landscape conservation, management and enhancement; it can therefore involve comparison of the requirements of land use with the resource potential offered by the environment. Whereas landscape ecology is more general, landscape evaluation has the advantage that the approach is use-specific, but it cannot be utilized for other purposes and can be very labour-intensive.

Landscape evaluation has been undertaken by:

  • Development from systematic data sources, so that national ...
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