|Land Use and Land Use Planning in Bangladesh
ISBN 984 05 1565 9 2002 578pp 245x175mm HB Tk.1500.00 US$50.00
In the fifth volume of his collected works, the author brings together selected papers, updated by footnotes, which provide an historical perspective on Bangladesh’s dynamic land use and the evolving approaches to rural development planning in the 1970s and 1980s. Aimed particularly at agriculture, geography and soil science researchers, teachers and students, and agricultural planning and extension officials, this book makes available material that previously had a limited circulation, provides models and benchmarks for repeating some of the studies described, and supplies practical training material.
Part I provides background information on Bangladesh’s physical environment and land use. Part II comprises nine chapters describing wide-ranging land use studies made in support of agricultural development planning, ranging from the various ways in which farmers have intensified their crop production to legal aspects of land use regulation. Part III outlines the policies and principles involved in national and local-level land use planning, while Part IV provides information and guidelines for use in planning more intensive land use. Part V describes in detail the various methods tried in the 1970s and 1980s to use soil survey information for village and Thana development planning and for land use zoning. Throughout, emphasis is given to participatory planning methods.
Hugh Brammer was born in Britain in 1925 and took his M.A. degree in Geography at Cambridge University in 1951. From 1951 to 1961, he worked on reconnaissance soil surveys in Ghana, then joined FAO to organize the reconnaissance soil survey of the former East Pakistan. Evacuated from Dhaka in 1971, he was seconded to the World Bank in Washington to assist in preparing the nine-volume Land and Water Sector Study report (1972), including the report’s land use and hydrological maps.
After serving as Senior Soil Scientist in Zambia in 1972-73, Mr. Brammer returned to Bangladesh from 1974 until 1986, working mainly with the Ministry of Agriculture as land use (later agricultural development) adviser, and latterly as project manager of an agroecological zones study. He was awarded the Bangladesh President’s Gold Medal for Agriculture in 1979, FAO’s B.R. Sen Award in 1981, and the O.B.E. by the British Government in 1987. Following his retirement from FAO in 1987, Mr. Brammer was a frequent visitor to Bangladesh as a consultant, inter alia for the Flood Policy Study (1989), the Flood Action Plan (1989-94) and a Greenhouse Effects Study (1992-93), and he has continued to publish papers and give talks on Bangladesh’s agroecology, agriculture and natural disasters.