World Heritage Sites are receiving so many tourists that they are threatened by the designation supposed to protect them, as this issue explains. Also on the agenda are community land rights, biogas generation and unexploded ordnance.
What do Norway's scenic fjords and snow-capped mountains have in common with Venice's dappled canals and shady piazzas?
Both are on the list of World Heritage Sites, which means they receive huge numbers of tourists and an accompanying boost to the economy. But as this issue's lead article details, there is a considerable impact on local residents, threatening the very environments the designation is supposed to protect. Is it possible to find a balance?
Land rights can also be a tricky subject. While indigenous people in Latin America, Africa and Asia want to retain their ancestral land, some corporations want to acquire it for its resources, or grow food or fuel there. In his feature, Peter Veit discusses ethics, best practice and due diligence, as well as the tools that can be used to help avoid clashes.
Nearer home, the land can also hold unpleasant surprises for developers – more than 70 years after the Second World War, unexploded ordnance is still being discovered in the UK. But fear not. There are guidelines on knowing where to look for UXBs, and how best to deal with any you do come across, as Phil Baptie explains.
Following up on last issue's theme, the RSPB walks us through its progress with natural capital accounting, looking at how to protect its reserves and increasingly precious wildlife in future. There's also an essential guide to the difference between watercourses and sewers ... which is not as straightforward as you might think. Valuable advice is offered on dispute resolution, too, and on how to ensure the future of your agricultural business by making a will.
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Sian edits the Land Journal. She previously worked at RICS on various isurv channels including Planning, APC and Residential as well as professional standards and guidance.