Striving for Land-Soil Sustainability: Some Legal Reflections

Part of the International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy book series (IYSLP, volume 2016)


Humankind is facing one of the biggest tests for striking a proper balance between developmental needs and environmental imperatives. However, ironically, much of the development in the world today is not sustainable. Many of our economic, monetary and trade policies in sectors such as energy, agriculture, forestry and human settlements tend to induce and reinforce non-sustainable development patterns and practices. Apart from irreversible squandering of our biological capital, we are confronting a growing problem of environmental refugees-people who are forced to abandon their traditional habitat as the land cannot sustain them. In fact, the human quest to conquer nature through science and technology has brought us on to the present brink.


Land Degradation Soil Degradation Green Cover United Nations Convention Combat Desertification 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for International Legal Studies, School of International StudiesJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Centre for Advanced Study on Courts & TribunalsAmritsarIndia

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