Source:  WWF Malaysia – Land Use Planning.

Did you know that what happens hundreds and even thousands of kilometres away from us can affect the quality of our tap water? Effluents from agricultural run-off, plantations or factories, logging upstream, rubbish and untreated sewage from people living downstream all pollute our rivers and affect our water quality, fish and other aquatic life.This is where land-use planning comes in. It is the process of organising, managing, and regulating the use of lands and their resources to meet the socio-economic development of the country whilst safeguarding the environment.

Land-use planning is used to meet people’s needs in the most efficient and sustainable way while taking into account the land’s natural capacities.Land-use planning is essential in physical environmental management and biodiversity conservation. Impacts due to poor land use are regularly highlighted in the media: river pollution, conflicts of land use such as the citing of housing projects adjacent to landfills – the list goes on.

As more competing uses for land and its resources arise, conflict often follows.Land-use planning and management mechanisms that design and incorporates the needs of various sectors are therefore vital to help reduce land-use conflicts, conserve critical ecosystems, protect and manage environmentally sensitive habitats, restore degraded conservation areas, and ultimately, ensure a healthy and safe life for Malaysians.

……. more to come