Sustainability Impact Assessment of Land Use Changes

  • Katharina Helming
  • Marta Pérez-Soba
  • Paul Tabbush

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. Introduction

    1. Katharina Helming, Paul Tabbush, Marta Pérez-Soba
      Pages 1-6
  3. List of Authors

    1. Pages 7-13
  4. Sustainability Impact Assessment: concepts and approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Karen Tscherning, Hannes König, Birthe Schößer, Katharina Helming, Stefan Sieber
      Pages 17-33
    3. Paul Tabbush, Pia Frederiksen, David Edwards
      Pages 35-54
    4. Katharina Helming, Karen Tscherning, Bettina König, Stefan Sieber, Hubert Wiggering, Tom Kuhlman et al.
      Pages 77-105
    5. Stefan Sieber, Klaus Müller, Peter Verweij, Hördur Haraldsson, Katharina Fricke, Cesare Pacini et al.
      Pages 107-128
  5. Scenario modelling of land use changes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Tom Kuhlman
      Pages 131-157
    3. Torbjörn Jansson, Martha Bakker, Baptiste Boitier, Arnaud Fougeyrollas, John Helming, Hans van Meijl et al.
      Pages 159-180
    4. Thomas Sick Nielsen, Berit C. Kaae
      Pages 181-209
    5. Peter H. Verburg, Martha Bakker, Koen P. Overmars, Igor Staritsky
      Pages 211-227
  6. Spatial representation and data issues for European regions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Christa Renetzeder, Michiel van Eupen, Sander Mücher, Thomas Wrbka
      Pages 249-268
    3. Henning Sten Hansen, Pia Viuf, Wolfgang Loibl, Jan Peters-Anders, Sergey Zudin, Jürgen Vogt
      Pages 269-290
  7. European level indicator framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-291

About this book


There are many reasons why strategic intelligence is required to support policy decisions. These primarily stem from the nature of today's kno- edge society with two contrasting trends. On the one hand, there is a trend of increasing human intelligence in the economic, social and political s- tems. On the other hand, there is a trend towards dissolving certainties about the problems and solutions of today's society. Clearly, more inf- mation does not necessary imply more certainties on how to act. What is more, the same facts are often interpreted in markedly different ways: the same policy relevant information can – and often does – results in confli- ing framing of a problem by different stakeholders. This is mainly due to competing assumptions, rather then because of inconsistent facts. The- fore, it is not surprising that policy-makers are calling for strategic intel- gence to support their understanding of today's challenges, including the relevant aspects of science and technology, their impact and their possible future developments. Over the last 15 years, Europe has rapidly adopted the practice of dev- oping and using Impact Assessment (IA) tools to support decision-making. Formal procedures and guidance for IA are well established within the European Commission and in most EU Member States. The adoption of IA procedures alone, however, does not guarantee that every policy domain is actually using the full potential of these assessment tools in the preparation of policies and legislation.


Impact Assessment Multfunctional Land Use agricultural science development rural development scenario analysis simulation sustainability sustainability indicator assessment sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Katharina Helming
    • 1
  • Marta Pérez-Soba
    • 2
  • Paul Tabbush
    • 3
  1. 1.Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)MünchebergGermany
  2. 2.ALTERRAWageningen URWageningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Forest Research, Alice Holt LodgeFarnham SurreyUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-78647-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-78648-1
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