Developing supportive policies and policy instruments
10.6. Governments at the appropriate level, with the support of regional and international organizations, should ensure that policies and policy instruments support the best possible land use and sustainable management of land resources. Particular attention should be given to the role of agricultural land. To do this, they should:
(a) Develop integrated goal setting and policy formulation at the national, regional and local levels that takes into account environmental, social, demographic and economic issues;
(b) Develop policies that encourage sustainable land use and management of land resources and take the land resource base, demographic issues and the interests of the local population into account;
(c) Review the regulatory framework, including laws, regulations and enforcement procedures, in order to identify improvements needed to support sustainable land use and management of land resources and restricts the transfer of productive arable land to other uses;
(d) Apply economic instruments and develop institutional mechanisms and incentives to encourage the best possible land use and sustainable management of land resources;
(e) Encourage the principle of delegating policy making to the lowest level of public authority consistent with effective action and a locally driven approach.