Land Use Changes in Europe

Processes of Change, Environmental Transformations and Future Patterns

  • F. M. Brouwer
  • A. J. Thomas
  • M. J. Chadwick

Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. F. M. Brouwer, M. J. Chadwick
    Pages 49-78
  3. G. P. Hekstra
    Pages 177-207
  4. M. L. Parry, T. R. Carter
    Pages 209-231
  5. J. de Ploey, A. Imeson, L. R. Oldeman
    Pages 275-292
  6. I. Szabolcs
    Pages 293-315
  7. M. Posch, L. Kauppi
    Pages 325-350
  8. N. A. Karavayeva, T. G. Nefedova, V. O. Targulian
    Pages 351-377
  9. H. N. van Lier
    Pages 379-401
  10. S. Anderberg
    Pages 403-426
  11. J. Okuniewski
    Pages 427-440

About this book

Introduction

The patterns of land use that have evolved in Europe reflect the boundaries set by the natural environment and socio-economic responses to the needs of the population. Over the centuries man has been able to overcome increasingly the constraints placed on land use by the natural environment through the development of new technologies and innovations, driven by an increasing population and rising material expectations. However, activities are still ultimately constrained by natural limitations such as climatic characteristics and associated edaphic and vegetational features. A major problem for land management, in its broadest sense, can be a reluctance to foresee the consequent ecological changes. This means that mitigating strategies will not be implemented in time to prevent environmental degradation and social hardship, although in many parts of Europe, over some centuries, demands have been met in a sustainable way, by sound, prudent and temperate expectations that have dictated management regimes. The management of land in Europe has always been a complex challenge: land is the primary, though finite resource. DeciSions regarding the use of land and manipulation of ecosystem dynamics today may affect the long-term primary productivity of the resource. Decisions to change land use may be virtually irreversible; urbanization is an illustration of the influence of population density on the land resource.

Keywords

environment

Editors and affiliations

  • F. M. Brouwer
    • 1
  • A. J. Thomas
    • 2
  • M. J. Chadwick
    • 2
  1. 1.Agricultural Economics Research InstituteThe HagueThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Stockholm Environment Institute at YorkYorkUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-3290-9
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5453-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-3290-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5499
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