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Title: Reasons, Means and Consequences: Monitoring Soil Condition for 'The Proper Use of Land' in Agricultural Landscapes
Contributor(s): Lobry De Bruyn, Lisa  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2009
DOI: 10.1108/S1041-7060(2009)0000014011
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Abstract: This paper explores through Schumacher's perspective on 'the proper use of land': the reasons for, and the means and consequences of, monitoring soil condition in managing agricultural landscapes sustainably. This particular perspective illustrates its argument with soil monitoring initiatives operating at various scales within the global agricultural context. Schumacher's land management goals are health, beauty and permanence, yet productivity is the goal most land managers focus on. The chosen indicators for soil monitoring need to reflect these goals. Hence, the indicators of choice for monitoring soil condition are attributes that can be: easily measured, improve soil productivity or protect the soil. Often attributes that have intrinsic 'beauty' (value), maintain 'health' (function) in ecosystems and are difficult to measure are ignored as soil condition indicators. The usefulness of information gained through monitoring soil condition is to make decisions that will be relevant for varied audiences and at different points in the decision-making process.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Extending Schumacher's Concept of Total Accounting and Accountability into the 21st Century, v.14, p. 261-294
Publisher: JAI Press
Place of Publication: Greenwich, Conn.
ISBN: 9781848553002
Field of Research (FOR): 070101 Agricultural Land Management
050302 Land Capability and Soil Degradation
050205 Environmental Management
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 960609 Sustainability Indicators
960604 Environmental Management Systems
960607 Rural Land Evaluation
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
Series Name: Advances in Public Interest Accounting
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