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Environments 2018, 5(3), 37;

Integrated Approach to Sustainable Land Use Management

Institute of Landscape Ecology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 254, Štefanikova 3, 814 99 Bratislava, Slovakia
Department of Ecology and Environmentalist, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Constantine the Philosopher University Nitra, Tr. A. Hlinku 1, 949 01 Nitra, Slovakia
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Received: 21 December 2017 / Revised: 9 February 2018 / Accepted: 27 February 2018 / Published: 1 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Territorial Management)
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This article presents the integrated approach to sustainable land use management based on the assessment of land use and related land cover changes. Land use changes are conditioned by human activities producing changes in landscape cover and initiating processes which cause many environmental problems. It is therefore important to determine the drivers and causality of landscape changes which can then be negated to ensure sustainable land use management. The integrated landscape research approach is based on understanding landscape as a geo-ecosystem with natural, human, cultural, and historical potential. Our aim is to define the aspects of land use management which can regulate social development. The proposal for optimal land use is based on the interaction between natural capital, represented by the supply of natural regional resources and environmental conditions as well as demand represented by community need for development. The conflict between the supply of natural capital and demands lacking respect for landscape resources is an important determining factor in environmental and human problems. The integrated approach is focused on long-term rational utilization of the natural and cultural-historical resources, urban development, and the elimination of current environmental and socioeconomic problems as well as the prevention of new ones. Multi-criteria analysis is required for final environmental decision-making. View Full-Text
Keywords: land use; land cover; sustainable landscape management; geo-ecosystem; environmental problems; landscape processes land use; land cover; sustainable landscape management; geo-ecosystem; environmental problems; landscape processes

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Izakovičová, Z.; Špulerová, J.; Petrovič, F. Integrated Approach to Sustainable Land Use Management. Environments 2018, 5, 37.

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