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Sustainable land management technologies: animal waste management



Animal waste management is the proper collection, handling, storage, and utilization of waste generated from animals (manure and urine), with the aim of recycling as much of the collected material as possible. The technology is mainly used in land involving livestock production, such as grazing land.


According to the report on sustainable land management (SLM) by the UNCCD Science-Policy Interface (SPI), animal waste that has been carefully treated and managed can be used to improve soil fertility and productivity, and reduce nutrient losses.

Examples of SLM best practices in animal waste management

Below are examples of best practices in animal waste management cited in the report on SLM by the SPI.

Improved cattle shed for urine collection

Collection of cattle urine in improved cattle sheds for use as liquid manure and organic pesticide. Cattle urine, which is a viable alternative to mineral fertiliser, is collected in a pit or drum and protected from rain and runoff. Where urine is collected for incorporation with farmyard manure, the pit may be directly connected to the manure pit or heap. Urine that is used as liquid manure or organic pesticide is stored in a drum for fermentation.


Read about other SLM technology groups


vegetation management

water management

grazing pressure management

sustainable forest management

reducing deforestation afforest_reforestation forest restoration agroforestry agro-pastoralism

minimum soil disturbance

soil erosion control fire pest and diseases control    

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