Policy Brief Provides Approaches & Recommendations for Sustainable Land Management in Asia


  • 2020•04•22     Tokyo

    UNU-IAS Policy Brief No. 20, 2020

    A new UNU-IAS Policy Brief provides approaches and recommendations for sustainable land management in Asia, based on research conducted in Bangladesh, China, and Japan. The brief, Sustainable Land Management in Asia: Applying a Land-Use Function Approach, presents approaches for assessing the multiple functions embedded in land use and management and provides a set of recommendations for advancing sustainable land management, primarily for policymakers and practitioners in the public and private sectors in Asia. It is authored by Kikuko Shoyama, Zhichao Xue, Lin Zhen, and Md Giashuddin Miah.


    Asia is expected to experience population growth, followed by a declining trend, that will likely result in unpredictable socio-economic change presenting new challenges for land management. Sustainable land and natural resource management will play a crucial role in addressing these issues in the region. In particular, assessing the multifunctionality of land is necessary to consider regional sustainability.


    • Employ a land-use function (LUF) approach to enable policymakers to assess impacts on the performance of multiple functions associated with land-use change, including the economic, environmental, and societal impacts
    • Conduct participatory assessments of LUFs, enabling the involvement of stakeholders at multiple levels, including policymakers, researchers, and landowners, and allowing local contexts to be reflected in the quantitative assessment of land management and practices
    • In regional land-use policy, explore plausible futures considering the three dimensions of LUFs — economic, environmental, and societal