Theories, methods and strategies for sustainable landscape planning


  • J. Ahern


The objective of this paper is to review briefly the theory of contemporary sustainable landscape planning, to present a typology of landscape-planning methods and apply the typology to several landscape-planning frameworks and methods. Sustainability is an international policy goal with multiple dimensions and implications for planning. Landscape planning prescribes alternative spatial configurations of land uses, which are widely understood as a key factor in planning for sustainability. Selected methods for sustainable landscape planning are reviewed according to the typology presented. Challenges, barriers and strategies to the implementation of sustainable landscape planning are discussed with recommendations and methods referenced.