TAG: Land

Making Communal Use of Vacant Lots

Urban-farming

Over the decades many cities have suffered from population loss. This degeneration may show in the staggering amount of vacant lots and houses. On average, 15 percent of a city’s land is vacant. The term ‘vacancy’ can pertain to many things in relation to a city. Some lands deemed vacant are abandoned houses, others brown fields or empty lots. Even though these areas are unoccupied, sometimes deemed unsuitable for occupation, they can still cost cities considerable amounts of money. There have been temporary fixes for these vacancies, including use as a pasture or for storage. It is a sad state… read more

Global Land Degradation

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Due to the diminishing conditions of soil from climate change and chemically dependent agriculture, many acres of land have become unusable for the growth of plant life and equally unable to function as a suitable habitat for wildlife. Because soil is needed for vegetation to grow and create energy, without soil, to put it simply, there is no life. Yet the world is facing global soil degradation that threatens our ability to provide  a stable food source for our growing population. The problem can be found in virtually every country, among both developed and developing communities. On a global scale, the… read more

Biobanking Necessities

Biobanking combatting biodiversity

Biodiversity loss is a problem plaguing many lands in and around the globe, it threatens the survival of land and animal species, painting a bleak future for generations to come. The escalation of biodiversity has necessitated the formulation of new strategies with which to address the problem. Biodiversity banking colloquially known as biobanking, is one such strategy. Biobanking is a system used to combat biodiversity loss which is caused by habitat degradation occasioned by drought, soil degradation, and corruption of the environment, amongst other things. The purpose of even engaging in biobanking is to address the threat of biodiversity loss… read more

Land Preservation Critical

Town development in Africa

The importance of land as an environmental medium cannot be overstated. Land is the platform upon which every living thing primes its existence on. It brings forth the food we eat, and it provides good foundation for building shelter. It is therefore that land be protected by any means necessary. The government of Swaziland has recognized the importance and necessity to preserve land, particularly prime arable land. In the Manzini region there is an area known as Malkerns, this area is well known for its fertile land and the fact that it is well drained. Recognizing that owners of that… read more

Exploiting Nature’s Gifts

Resource conservation

There is no doubt that we live in an age rich with possibility and opportunity is in abundance. The ability to generate a significant amount of income in a short period of time has led to the unprecedented levels of consumption that the world is experiencing currently. High levels of resource consumption are largely to blame for the resource shortage that the world is experiencing today. Exploiting the gifts brought forth by nature in an unsustainable manner robs the future of any hope for human, plant and animal survival. When one considers the effects of resource shortage today, it becomes… read more

Privatizing Water Sources

Privatizing Water Sources

Water is increasingly becoming a very important commodity, the depletion of fresh water sources around the globe has led to the belief that the next world war may be over fresh water. This may seem an exaggeration, however, the impression of the gravity is no hyperbole. There is a big debate as to whether water should be privatized and thus not be controlled by government. For purposes of this article, the main question is whether owners of land must also be the legal owners of all water and water sources within their land. I would like to submit that from… read more