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Title:The role of land evaluation in land use planning and rural development in Zambia
Author:Mulenga, ChilesheISNI
Periodical:Review of Rural and Urban Planning in Southern and Eastern Africa
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:rural development
soil classification
land use
agricultural land
Abstract:Although land evaluation has a significant role to play in land use and rural development planning, little has been done in Zambia to produce a comprehensive evaluation of the country's land resources. Three main forms of small-scale land evaluation methods have been used, viz. ecological evaluations, evaluations based on a land systems approach, and agroecological evaluations, but no official method of land evaluation as a first step in the land use planning process exists. The failure to plan land use in Zambia may be attributed to the lack of a consistent land conservation policy, the lack of appreciation for the need to plan land use in a country believed to have more than enough land, and the lack of adequate data and information required to produce comprehensive and reliable land use plans. Studies of land use in Zambia show that in practice the land tenure system and conservation demands have been the main determinants of land use. Zambia's general failure to plan land use and to enforce laws relating to good land husbandry has resulted in widespread land degradation. Bibliogr.