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A Systemic approach to scoping of factors influencing more sustainable land use in Herefordshire

Morris, Dick; Oreszczyn, Sue; Blackmore, Christine; Ison, Raymond and Martin, Stephen (2006). A Systemic approach to scoping of factors influencing more sustainable land use in Herefordshire. Local Environment, 11(6) pp. 683–699.

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Defining and putting into practice sustainable land use is a complex, systemic problem. Systems models and techniques were used in a study of Herefordshire to clarify the situation and identify the potential for a more locally focused, learning-based approach to land use. Issues included: (i) uncertainty about the boundary of a 'system of sustainable Herefordshire land use'; (ii) the complexity of economic flows in the county and the absence of some critical data; (iii) the importance of the Herefordshire landscape to tourism and the role of agriculture as a determinant of the state of that landscape; (iv) weakness of the institutional linkage between tourism and agriculture; (v) the current lack of inclusion of many relevant stakeholders in concerted action. Factors favouring a learning approach included a strong local identity, local food-related developments, and educational initiatives. Barriers to such an approach included questions of power and landholding, government policies, and attitudes and skills within organizations. These findings are considered in relation to the wider debate over approaches to sustainability.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2006 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1354-9839
Keywords: systems;
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
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Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 5925
Depositing User: Pat Shah
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2016 20:40
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