Limiting Factors Removal

System health and productivity is often held back by 'limiting factors' or constraints. For example, many fields would turn to woodland quickly if they were no longer grazed. The sheep are a limiting factor, and if removed the woodland would emerge. There would then be another limiting factor, which could be water, or seed diversity. By identifying limiting factors, you can then identify ways that you can help the system to evolve.

Common limiting factors in the local landscape, include lack of sunlight, steepness of slope, risk of flooding, and cold winds and frost pockets. Limiting factors are not confined to the physical and can include financial, social, cultural or ethical considerations.