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Indicators of sustainable land use: concepts for the analysis of society‐nature interrelations and implications for sustainable development

Helmut Haberl (Department of Social Ecology, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Austrian Universities, Seidengasse, Austria)
Heinz Schandl (Department of Social Ecology, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Austrian Universities, Seidengasse, Austria)

Environmental Management and Health

ISSN: 0956-6163

Article publication date: 1 August 1999

Abstract

Proposes two concepts for the empirical analysis of society‐nature interrelations: first, socio‐economic metabolism – the material and energy flows between societies and their natural environment and second, the colonization of nature – the sum of deliberate interventions into natural systems aimed at their “improvement” with respect to socio‐economic goals. Discusses empirical examples for sustainability indicators, focusing on landscape processes, and relates land use to the analysis of material and energy flows.

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Haberl, H. and Schandl, H. (1999), "Indicators of sustainable land use: concepts for the analysis of society‐nature interrelations and implications for sustainable development", Environmental Management and Health, Vol. 10 No. 3, pp. 177-191. https://doi.org/10.1108/09566169910275031

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