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Using sustainability indicators in agricultural land use analysis: an example from Costa Rica

by Jansen, D.M; Stoorvogel, J.J; Schipper, R.A.
Publisher: Abr 1995ISSN: 0028-2928.Subject(s): UTILIZACION DE LA TIERRA | SOSTENIBILIDAD | INDICADORES DE SOSTENIBILIDAD | PROGRAMACION LINEAL | SISTEMA USTED | METODOS DE OPTIMIZACION | ZONA ATLANTICA | COSTA RICA | LAND USE | SUSTAINABILITY | LINEAR PROGRAMMING | OPTIMIZATION METHODS | COSTA RICA | UTILISATION DES TERRES | DURABILITE | PROGRAMMATION LINEAIRE | METHODE D'OPTIMISATION | COSTA RICA In: Netherlands Journal of Agricultural Science (Países Bajos) v. 43(1) p. 61-82Summary: A methodology to analyse land use is applied to the Neguev settlement in the Atlantic Zone of Costa Rica. The methodology comprises a linear programming model, a geographic information system, and a customised data management tool. While options for land use are described at the field level, the methodology allows for analysis of land use at the field, the farm and the regional level. The various steps involved in the operationalisation of the sustainability concept are described. Selection and quantification of the sustainability indicators require some assumptions, affecting the period for which the analysis can assumed to be valid. The possibility to use nutrient balances and biocide indices as quantitative indicators of sustainability of agricultural land use systems is argued and demonstrated for the Neguev settlement. Some limitations and advantages of the methodology are discussed.
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A methodology to analyse land use is applied to the Neguev settlement in the Atlantic Zone of Costa Rica. The methodology comprises a linear programming model, a geographic information system, and a customised data management tool. While options for land use are described at the field level, the methodology allows for analysis of land use at the field, the farm and the regional level. The various steps involved in the operationalisation of the sustainability concept are described. Selection and quantification of the sustainability indicators require some assumptions, affecting the period for which the analysis can assumed to be valid. The possibility to use nutrient balances and biocide indices as quantitative indicators of sustainability of agricultural land use systems is argued and demonstrated for the Neguev settlement. Some limitations and advantages of the methodology are discussed.

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