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Food Tank highlights 16 agroforestry projects that are benefiting farmers, communities, and the environment.
The marginalization of arid rangelands is avoidable, but requires real changes in the current general political and economic rationale under which resources are allocated
Climatic changes and human activities have caused major environmental change in the Sahel. Remote sensing studies detect various vegetation trends.
This study used the types of land tenure and livestock production scale to develop a farmer typology to explore the relation between livestock farmers' knowledge about, attitude towards and practices of three land management actions in Mier and Molopo-Taung, South Africa.
This research investigates the human impact on land-cover dynamics in arid agro-ecosystems. Using remote sensing and ancillary datasets combined with classification and regression tree (CART) models, we mapped land-cover class distributions over 22 years (1988–2009) to characterize agricultural chan…
There are 1.6 billion people living in the dry areas of the world and land degradation affects the life and livelihood of each and every one of them. Land degradation significantly increases vulnerability in drylands by perpetuating food insecurity, poverty, and exploitation of natural resources.
The challenge to increase food production is greater than ever, as the worlds population is set to increase to a predicted nine billion by 2050 (United Nations, 2008), requiring a 70 to 100% increase in global food production (Food and Agriculture Organization, 2009a; World Bank, 2008). The primary…
The CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems has been out and about the last four years advocating for sustainable land management (SLM) through the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative
The journey Life on Land as organised by IUCN and the UNCCD secretariats at the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, 2016, consisted of a series of events capturing diverse interpretations of land and how land issues are addressed by the conservation and development communities.
Drylands tend to lose biological and economic productivity quickly, unless sustainably managed. This process is called land degradation, or desertification.
In this paper, we assess the causes and extent of land degradation around the world, followed by an outline of the various challenges in implementing a global Zero Net Land Degradation (ZNLD) policy.
Our efforts for sustainable development, for peace and stability in drylands and beyond must focus more and more on land.
This paper evaluates the feasibility of introducing a Land Degradation Neutral (LDN) scheme as an activity of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
This article summarizes the relevant experiences garnered in “offsetting” regulatory schemes in the areas of wetland preservation, biodiversity, forestry, greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, real estate zoning, and conventional air pollution control. While many of these initiatives take place in en…
This article examines the challenges of operationalizing this concept of Zero Net Land Degradation (ZNLD) and its global derivative, a land degradation neutral world (LDNW).
The assessment reveals that shifts in ecological state do not cause permanent soil properties changes, but that at a landscape scale they can limit production, affecting local livelihoods. The framework proposed provided local farmers with relevant information and facilitated communication with rese…
“Every second, one person is displaced by disaster,” the Oslo-based Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) reports. “In 2015 only, more than 19.2 million people fled disasters in 113 countries. “Disasters displace three to ten times more people than conflict and war worldwide.”
Like the baboon, or that woman who made flour so long ago, we depend ultimately on Nature. We can dream that we are managing our world and its ecosystems, but in reality it is Nature that manages us.
It highlights several important technological and cultural advances that may transform drylands research and improve the links between research, management, and knowledge in dryland landscapes. Second, it highlights several cultural advances that promote interactive environments for sharing, explori…
The value of rangelands depends on both their ability to supply ecosystem services and society’s demand for such services. Societal demand for ecosystem services provided by rangelands has diversified in the past decades, transitioning from demand primarily for provisioning services to now commonly…
Water resource management needs to be improved to meet the growing demand for drinking water and for water used in the agricultural and energy sectors.
Five example programs demonstrate successful integration of these three practices into K-12 ecological research activities, an application that will benefit not only future ecologists but also students who enter other careers as ecologically literate citizens.
A set of guidelines has been developed to reduce soil erosion by planting vegetation in desertification hotspots.
The key to managing conflict and cooperation over water.