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The inefficient use of energy resources is a major impediment to sustainable development in all its aspects. Experience throughout the developing world has demonstrated that the most effective solutions to many land-use problems draw on a combination of local knowledge and advanced technologies. • Accumulating impacts In addition to the local and national damaging effects of poor land management, cumulative international problems are becoming more serious as the Earth s population increases. For example, acidification of freshwater lakes in Scandinavia is apparently caused by industrial air pollution from northwestern Europe.

Long-distance educational programs can provide critical training in business practices and applications of technology in developing regions. In developing countries that depend on agriculture, important products of land evaluation include information on the cropping or grazing systems that best suit the soils, climate, and other environmental, social, and economic factors, as well as information on the impacts of the agricultural systems on the land. The maximum sustainable productivity of these agricultural Planning for economic success in Botswana Economic growth and environmental planning are closely connected in the African country of Botswana, which has had the highest rate of growth in gross national product of any country in the entire world.

Improved capability for policy review and evaluation by decision-making bodies at all levels is essential in developing an integrated land-use plan for sustainable development. Effective policy evaluation requires accurate information on current land conditions and on the capability of the land to support the future needs of society, including agricultural production, energy North South technology transfer in Trieste spawns South South collaborations around the world Since 1982 the International Center for Theoretical Physics and the Third World Academy of Sciences, in Trieste, Italy, have been sponsoring courses and workshops in mathematical ecology.

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