My masters thesis is about land use.
Land use doesn’t seem to be such a great topic the first time you hear it, land use is about using the land, simple as that if you hear it. I never really appreciated my undegraduate course on Land Economics, most of my time was focused on my professor’s vintage shirts he had preserved from the 50s. 60s.70s. Things like that do distract students.
In my recent trip to Mindanao, it seems most of the mountain tops is bald due to unregulated land use or the lack of a proper land use regulation. There are times when policymakers do not realize the value of ecosystem dynamics and its contribution to sustaining the economy but with the rapid increase in population particularly in the Philippines, we are giving up valuable ecosystem benefits for short term and minimal improvements in the general welfare of people. With this trade-off, we must always be ready that when disaster strikes whether drastically or slowly, we must be ready to give up our lives for what we have minimally gained.