Natural Areas, the whole countryside approach and sustainable agriculture

Natural Areas are biogeographical zones which reflect the geological foundation, the natural systems and processes, and the wildlife in different parts of England, and provide a framework for setting objectives for nature conservation. This paper argues, with particular reference to agro-ecosystems, that there is a need for an integrated, whole countryside approach to Natural Areas based on the principles of &strong' sustainable development. In practice, this means the delineation of conservation objectives for the whole of each Natural Area and the application of policy instruments designed to address the causes of environmental loss and deterioration. The latter requires, it is argued, a structural analysis of generic environmental issues. A generic issues approach is required in order to avoid the pitfalls of environmental &symptom management' (environmental managerialism), an approach which dominates current environmental and agri-environmental policy.

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Natural Areas, the whole countryside approach and sustainable agriculture


Sustainable farming

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Mark Tilzey

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Environment Department, Wye College, University of London, Wye, Ashford, Kent, UK


Dr, Associate Professor

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