Pressure on land resources has increased during recent years despite international goals to improve their management. The fourth Global Environment Outlook (UNEP 2007) highlighted the unprecedented land-use changes created by a burgeoning population, economic development and global markets. The outcome of those drivers continues to cause resource depletion and ecosystem degradation.

economic growth, global environment, land resources, rural development
ISS Staff Group 4: Rural Development, Environment and Population
International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS)

Hunsberger, C.A, & Evans, Tom P. (2012). Land. In Fifth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5) : Report of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). UNEP. Retrieved from