Euromines has released its new publication 'Mineral Resources in Land Use Planning - Why Consider Minerals in LUP'?
Although specific definitions may vary, land use planning (LUP) is generally about optimising land resource use for the benefit of society, both now and into the future. In many ways, LUP is about the implementation of sustainable development on a particular land-base.
In any given area, there can be many different potential land uses – agriculture, tourism, soil erosion prevention, climate control, etc. – and these can compete with each other. The process for deciding on future land use needs to incorporate an informed and balanced assessment of the different options. Transparent consultation and stakeholder engagement can play an important role in the integrity of the process and acceptance of land use decisions.