2) Setting the goal and objectives of land management  

Problems identified in the previous operational step, limits and constraining conditions evidenced in the baseline analysis, vocation of the land for specific functions and use, specific ideas and desiderata of the land manager/owner, market perspectives, might all concur to define which economic, ecological and social objectives must be reached.

When setting goals, the following outcomes might be taken into consideration:

Outcomes related to economic planning:

  • identify and set different income sources valorizing local natural capital to increase potential profitability and introduce higher resilience of system to disturbance
  • focalize the attention on management options that save money whilst increasing land quality, as they ensure higher probability of long term environmental and hence economic sustainability

Outcomes related to environmental planning:

  • Introduce actions aimed at protecting and supporting the plants and trees in own land in order to increase plant biomass
  • Increase soil organic matter
  • Reduce soil erosion and loss
  • Stimulate biodiversity at all levels both in areas where you have agronomic practices or set aside areas and buffer areas, as it creates a positive feedback on the whole area.
  • Reduce fire risk
  • Protect quality and quantity of water bodies.

Outcomes related to social planning:

  • Contribute to raise awareness among neighbors on the issues of land degradation and climate adaptation and solutions to be proposed like DAM through dissemination of your sustainable approaches to land management.
  • Make your natural capital a shared good and responsibility