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Knowledge for Land

Knowledge for Land

The concept of land is fundamental and deeply held within every human culture. Land is our life-support system. It is not just real estate. It embraces the air above and its climate; the natural vegetation and wildlife; managed crops, forest, range, and livestock; surface- and groundwater; the foundation of rocks and soil; and the lasting effects of management like terraces, irrigation and drainage works, and flood defences.

Land is prized by everyone. Today as before, people are entering into conflict over the ownership of the land. Having taken possession of the land at great cost, they often proceed to destroy the very resource they depend upon. In countries where capital and skilled manpower are scarce, most people are dependent directly on natural resources. Where people are impoverished and excessive pressure on the land is combined with low levels of technology, low inputs, and low outputs, a vicious circle can occur; land degradation, permanent loss of productive capacity and the lack of defined capacity limits in production systems leave both land and people poorer and increasingly vulnerable to natural disasters. 

Developed countries are also susceptible to persistent environmental problems that include pollution of soil, water, and air, as well as dramatic loss of biodiversity. Access to relevant information can be a powerful tool in forming policies and measures that address these problems.

To become relevant, the information needs to go beyond simple presentation of facts; available data has to be interpreted to answer specific questions and policy-makers need scientific expertise to evaluate relevant data and information on potential development opportunities. Natural resources underpin the economies of all countries — the capacity of the land to provide food, water, livelihoods and recreation, to support the infrastructure of civilization and to assimilate the wastes of industrial societies are vital to OUR daily lifeStand for your LAND now