Master of Integrated Land Management at Polytechnic of Namibia

Master of Integrated Land Management at Polytechnic of Namibia

What is Integrated Land Management?

Integrated Land Management (ILM) is a strategic, planned approach to the way we use land and natural resources. This approach aims to balance values, benefits, risks and trade-offs when planning and managing resource extraction, land use activities, and environmental conservation and management.


Land use management helps control the allocation of land for specific uses. This ensures resources are available for future generations. It minimises the effect of economic activities and development on the environment. The best use of available resources is achievable through organised usage.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the meaning of Land Management?

Land management is the process of managing the use and development (in both urban and rural settings) of land resources. Land resources are used for a variety of purposes which may include organic agriculture, reforestation, water resource management and eco-tourism projects.

What do you mean by sustainable integrated land use management?

SLM is defined as a knowledge-based procedure that helps integrate land, water, biodiversity, and environmental management (including input and output externalities) to meet rising food and fiber demands while sustaining ecosystem services and livelihoods.

What is land resource management?

Land resource management is the process of managing the use and development of land resources. Land use planning means different things to different people.

What are the different types of land management?

This includes agroforestry (cropland and forest/woodland), agro-pastoralism (cropland and grazing land), agro-silvo-pastoralism (cropland, grazing land and forest/woodland), and silvo-pastoralism (forest/woodland and grazing land).

What is land use and land management?

Examples of land use are agriculture, recreational, transport, and residential. Finally, land management refers to controlling the characteristics of a given land cover without changing the type of land cover. Land management practices aim at the conservation or intensification of existing land use.

What is land management and conservation?

Conservation land management involves protecting natural areas while providing both basic infrastructure for visitors and recreation opportunities within national parks.

What is the importance of sustainable land management?

Sustainable land management practices, including sustainable agriculture, provide important local, regional and global benefits. They also contribute positively to fundamental ecosystem services such as regulating water cycles, sequestering carbon, and helping to preserve agrobiodiversity.

Why is it important to sustainably manage the land?

Appropriate land management is vital for the sustainable use of soil and land resources to meet the demands placed on it by current and future generations and to maintain soil productivity and ecosystem services.

What do you mean by conservation management?

Conservation management seeks to regulate human activities to minimize direct and indirect negative impacts on valued sites and/or valued species, with the goal of sustaining existence of specific species or of biodiversity in general.

How do I get paid not to farm?

The Conservation Reserve Program is administered through the USDA’s Farm Services Agency and provides annual payments to participants who agree to take their land out of crop production and establish conservation-friendly vegetative cover crops instead. Participants enter into contracts for 10 or 15 years.

What’s the difference between conservation and preservation?

Conservation is generally associated with the protection of natural resources, while preservation is associated with the protection of buildings, objects, and landscapes. Put simply conservation seeks the proper use of nature, while preservation seeks protection of nature from use.

What are the problems of land use?

Current land use challenges include urban sprawl, infrastructure congestion, accessibility to services, urban density, urban regeneration and negative externalities, such as pollution and the displacement of population due to excessive house prices and land hoarding.

What are some potential solutions to land use problems?

Such techniques consist of composting, green manure—growing crops during fallow periods and plowing them back into the land, thereby adding their carbon to the soil—using nitrogen-fixing cover crops, intercropping, and using livestock manure; the mainstays of organic farming.

What is land degradation?

Land degradation is caused by multiple forces, including extreme weather conditions, particularly drought. It is also caused by human activities that pollute or degrade the quality of soils and land utility.

Why would the government pay farmers not to farm?

Robert Frank: Paying farmers not to grow crops was a substitute for agricultural price support programs designed to ensure that farmers could always sell their crops for enough to support themselves.