Which factor is responsible for land degradation ? What makes the land use planning essential?

(i) Continuous use of land for various activities over a long period of time, without taking proper measures to conserve and manage has, resulted in land degradation.
(ii) This in turn has serious impact on society and environment.
(iii) We have shared the land with the past generations and will have to do so with the future generations too.
(iv) Ninety five percent of our basic needs are fulfilled from land.
(v) Today the human activities have not only contributed to land degradation but also aggravated the pace of natural forces to cause damage to land. Hence, it is necessary to have proper measures for land use planning to derive optimum benefits.