Checklist for Sustainable Landscape Management. Final report by J.D. van Mansvelt

By J.D. van Mansvelt

This paintings is an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, widely-calibrated record for ecu sustainable panorama administration, that's meant to serve either as an analytical device of reference in addition to a layout device for neighborhood, nearby and eu coverage making on sustainable developments.

The instrument has been built out of a multidisciplinary research in european nations which was once designed to determine what often is the total standards for a sustainable administration of the panorama of rural parts. may those conditions be introduced jointly in a complete approach with adequate consistency to conform with the inspiration that the panorama is an entity, which could be controlled therefore? Cooperation of the medical specialists with these fascinated with the sensible aspect, and alternating plenary reporting with subgroup visits to farms within the rural landscapes of the contributors' international locations, allowed for the advance of a few really interdisciplinary teamwork. natural agriculture has been integrated to determine how natural agriculture contributes to the agricultural landscape.

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It is the challenge for co-operative and interdisciplinary judgement building, which becomes much more interesting then fighting questions about the best and ultimately decisive disciplines. Referring to the multi-functionality of landscape, interdisciplinary cooperation, as indicated above, seems the most plausible, feasible and promising approach. An interdisciplinary approach and the Maslov theory are the methods applied in this study and will be further explained throughout the other parts of the study and especially in chapter 3 about the criteria for the ecological realm, the social realm and the psycho-cultural realm.

Thus, a common perception of the landscape as a whole emerged from this iterative moving up and down from conceptual wholes to empirical data, passing all mentioned steps in between. We notice that parameters are necessary to assess the landscape. However, at the moment that we come with any data on any parameter: tons of wheat/ha, mg N03/I, red-list-species/surface unit, we still have nothing feasible in our hand. If we know how what we would like to reach (target value), how much we can accept (acceptable value) or how much we think could be within reach (feasible value) then we have something in our hand.

At the regional landscape level, water uptake and retention are of crucial importance for the water management. Especially in upstream areas, water uptake and retention prevent upstream erosion and landslides together with the prevention of downstream flooding. Finally, good management of the soil organic matter is important to feed the micro-fauna and -flora (edaphon), which in optimal conditions can importantly contribute to the suppression of pests and diseases or to remain within ecologically acceptable limits (Holtink, 1989).

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