The Future of Our Land

The Future of Our Land

Facing the Challenge

Guidelines for Integrated Planning for
Sustainable Management of Land Resources


In collaboration with UNEP, FAO has developed an improved planning framework for land resources development and management that addresses the problems recognized during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

This document is the last in a series of three publications which introduce these new concepts and propose an integrated planning approach for sustainable management of land resources based on an interactive partnership between governments and people. The approach is centred on the concept of stakeholders and their objectives, and the role of government in creating the conditions within which rural people can use their land resources productively and sustainably

Several examples from different projects worldwide illustrate the importance of the key elements of the approach in creating an enabling environment that makes it possible to address the common concern to manage land sustainably for the benefit of present and future generations.

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FAO and UNEP 1999