Tools for Land Use Analysis on Different Scales

With Case Studies for Costa Rica

  • Bas A. M. Bouman
  • Hans G. P. Jansen
  • Robert A. Schipper
  • Huib Hengsdijk
  • André Nieuwenhuyse

Part of the System Approaches for Sustainable Agriculture Development book series (SAAD, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Johan Bouma, Hans G. P. Jansen, Arie Kuyvenhoven, Martin K. Van Ittersum, Bas A. M. Bouman
    Pages 1-7
  3. André Nieuwenhuyse, Bas A. M. Bouman, Hans G. P. Jansen, Robert A. Schipper, Rodrigo Alfaro
    Pages 9-34
  4. Peter C. Roebeling, Hans G. P. Jansen, Aad Van Tilburg, Robert A. Schipper
    Pages 65-96
  5. Huib Hengsdijk, Bas A. M. Bouman, André Nieuwenhuyse, Robert A. Schipper, Janette Bessembinder
    Pages 97-114
  6. Robert A. Schipper, Bas A. M. Bouman, Hans G. P. Jansen, Huib Hengsdijk, André Nieuwenhuyse
    Pages 115-144
  7. Janette Bessembinder, Martin K. Van Ittersum, Robert A. Schipper, Bas A. M. Bouman, Huib Hengsdijk, André Nieuwenhuyse
    Pages 145-169
  8. Peter C. Roebeling, Hans G. P. Jansen, Robert A. Schipper, Fernando S·Enz, Edmundo Castro, Ruerd Ruben et al.
    Pages 171-198
  9. Jetse J. Stoorvogel, Romano A. Orlich, Ronald Vargas, Johan Bouma
    Pages 199-212
  10. Bas A. M. Bouman, Hans G. P. Jansen, Robert A. Schipper, Johan Bouma, Arie Kuyvenhoven, Martin K. Van Ittersum
    Pages 213-232
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 233-275

About this book


Regional development is intrinsically related to the way in which the land is used. Given the rising awareness of the multifunctionality of the world's land resources, policy makers now face the complex task of accommodating multiple objectives of an increasing number of stakeholders in regional development. This implies a need for tools that can be employed to provide insights into the opportunities and limitations of land use. Those tools should be capable of quantifying trade-offs between socio-economic, sustainability, and environment-related policy objectives.
This book offers a detailed account of a range of interdisciplinary methodologies for land use analysis, developed over a twelve-year period (1986-1998) in Costa Rica, through collaborative research between three institutions: one from the North (Wageningen Agricultural University of The Netherlands), and two from the South (the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center [CATIE] and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock [MAG]). The methodologies span a number of spatial scales, ranging from the field level all the way to the national level. Concepts of systems analysis and information technology play a pivotal role in each of the methodologies. Together, they form a unique toolbox that deserves ample use in the process of agricultural policy design. 


Agricultural Policy agriculture development education environment sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Bas A. M. Bouman
    • 1
  • Hans G. P. Jansen
    • 2
  • Robert A. Schipper
    • 3
  • Huib Hengsdijk
    • 4
  • André Nieuwenhuyse
    • 5
  1. 1.International Rice Research InstituteLos BañosThe Philippines
  2. 2.Agricultural Economics Research InstituteThe HagueThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Economics and ManagementWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of Crop ScienceWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  5. 5.ZONISIG ProjectLa PazBolivia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5791-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-4074-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0928-9526
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