A framework for land evaluation

Table of contents

FAO Soils bulletin 32

Soil resources development and conservation service land and water development division

Rome 1976

First printing 1976
Second printing 1981

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Chapter 1: The nature and principles of land evaluation

1.1 General
1.2 The aims of land evaluation
1.3 Land evaluation and land use planning
1.4 Principles
1.5 Levels of intensity and approaches
1.6 The nature of the framework

Chapter 2: Basic concepts

2.1 General
2.2 Land
2.3 Land use
2.4 Land characteristics, land qualities and diagnostic criteria
2.5 Requirements and limitations
2.6 Land improvements
2.7 Land suitability and land capability

Chapter 3: Land suitability classifications

3.1 General
3.2 Structure of the suitability classification
3.3 The range of classifications
3.4 The results of land suitability evaluation

Chapter 4: Land evaluation procedures

4.1 General
4.2 Initial consultations
4.3 Kinds of land use and their requirements and limitations
4.4 Description of land mapping units and land qualities
4.5 Comparison of land use with land
4.6 Economic and social analysis
4.7 Land suitability classification
4.8 Synopsis of procedures
4.9 Presentation of results

Chapter 5: Examples

5.1 General
5.2 Land uses and land qualities in Brazil
5.3 Smallholders, oil palm cultivation in Surinam
5.4 Land utilization types in Kenya
5.5 Location as a land quality



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