ABSTRACT

Land evaluation is a process involving the gathering of environmental, technological and economic information (data) including its integration in a spatial context, and synthesis for specified purposes such as land use planning (Young, 1981). Land evaluation seeks to assess the suitability of land for sustainable production taking into account inherent characteristics of land and the socio-economic milieu of production. The integration of economic and environmental interests requires that environmental concerns be given equal importance with economic performance in evaluating the impacts of development projects, and that reliable indicators of environmental performance be developed. Usually land is considered in its broadest context to encompass all elements of the physical and biological environment that influence land use.