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Land Use Planning

This working paper analyzes the role of land use and spatial planning tools, processes and approaches to improve socio-economic opportunities through sustainable management of land resources (i.e., soil, water, and biodiversity).

  • Section 1 explores the nexus between land use planning and changes in the land system, as well as interdependent factors which influence land use planning. 
  • Section 2 briefly describes the evolution of different land use types over time, and the basic requirements of land use planning. 
  • Principles of best practice in land use planning for sustainable land use and management are identified, and case studies of land use policy, built upon these principles, are presented in Section 3.
  • The final section presents evidence of contributions of land use and spatial planning to sustainable land use and management, as well as to the improvement of economic opportunities and the strengthening of land governance.


Global Land Outlook Working Paper "Land Use Planning", Graciela Metternicht













Read more  about Global Land Outlook (GLO) Working Paper Series

The GLO Working Papers Series is a supplementary set of publications that cover a wide variety of strategic issues related to land management and planning. The series aims to provide an expanded format as well as an additional vehicle for those authors invited to contribute to the GLO main report. 

A number of working papers were commissioned to provide insights and analysis on the major themes addressed in this first edition of the GLO. The series is expected to be an ongoing activity that will contribute to successive Outlooks.