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Land use in the future - needs and limitations
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Environmental Strategies (moved 20130630).
2005 (English)In: Ecosystems and Sustainable Development V / [ed] Tiezzi, E; Brebbia, CA; Jorgensen, SE; Gomar, DA, ASHURST: WIT PRESS , 2005, Vol. 81, 365-374 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Suitable cropland is needed for production of food, forest products, bioenergy and other crops, and in all areas future projections have been made on the need for land. Projections of future contribution from biomass to the global energy system often take food production into consideration. But there is not only a conflict between different kinds of production: land has to be set aside also for protection of biological diversity. Saving species is important for reasons such as current and future commercial benefits, but also because of functional values of the ecosystems, to maintain productivity. In this study projections of future land use for different purposes are compared with total suitable land on a global scale. It discusses possibilities for realisation of the projections and potential strategies for making the fulfilment of the different needs compatible. Strategies for reducing land use are for example changed food consumption and energy saving measures. A main finding is that the available land can suffice for the needs according to the studied projections, but we might have to consider alterations for example in diet.

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ASHURST: WIT PRESS , 2005. Vol. 81, 365-374 p.
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land use, biodiversity, bioenergy, food security, agriculture, silviculture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-43184ISI: 000230620300037ISBN: 1-84564-013-6OAI: diva2:448080
5th International Conference on Ecosystems and Sustainable Development. Cadiz, SPAIN. MAY 03-05, 2005

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Available from: 2011-10-14 Created: 2011-10-13 Last updated: 2013-12-09Bibliographically approved

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