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Grey literature is defined as ‘that which is produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats, but which is not controlled by commercial publishers.’
The AgriTech Toolbox enables researchers and policymakers to examine how alternative agricultural practices and technologies can impact farm yields, food prices, natural resource use, hunger, malnutrition, land use and global trade in 2050, when climate change impacts may be severe. As a result, it…
The Lexicon of Food is a new online encyclopedia that unmasks the true meaning of sustainable food, term by term.
This study reviews biochar potential and problems and argues for adequate research before hasty application leads to environmental and socio-economic damage and discourages application
We examine how communities in Zanzibar cope with and adapt to multiple-stressors including climate change, and how these responses affect long-term adaptation, mitigation and development (AMD) goals.
This article describes key research questions about the economics of landscape change and reviews the state of research knowledge.
It is necessary to balance socioeconomic wellbeing and ecosystem services in land use planning and management for the sustainability of socio-ecological systems across spatiotemporal scales, especially in resource-poor arid environments.
Scenario analysis constitutes a valuable deployment method for scientific models to inform environmental decision-making, particularly for evaluating land degradation mitigation options, which are rarely based on formal analysis.
In Europe, the most susceptible areas to land degradation and desertification (LDD) are found in the Mediterranean region. The present study focuses on the island of Lesvos (Greece) and maps the environmental sensitivity of the island to LDD between the years 1990 and 2000.
Land-use change is one of the most important anthropogenic environmental change drivers affecting the biodiversity and functioning of ecosystems.
Increasing affluence is often postulated as a main driver for the human footprint on biologically productive areas, identified among the main causes of biodiversity loss, but causal relationships are obscured by international trade.
This paper illustrates an example of ‘early warning’ assessment of sensitivity to land degradation (LD) over Italy by monitoring changes of its main determinants during a long-term period (1960–2008) and by providing a short-term evaluation for 2015.
Climatic changes and human activities have caused major environmental change in the Sahel. Remote sensing studies detect various vegetation trends.
The marginalization of arid rangelands is avoidable, but requires real changes in the current general political and economic rationale under which resources are allocated
This study presents a meta-analysis of case studies that investigate the adoption of soil and water conservation measures, as an important approach to resource conservation.
Global analyses of vulnerability reveal generic insights into the relation between socio-ecological systems and the stress impacting upon them including climate and market variability.
This paper examines the development and use of scenarios as an approach to guide action in multi-level, multi-actor adaptation contexts such as food security under climate change.
The ten categories identified in our typology are based on real-world adaptation projects being financed through the Least Developed Countries Fund, the Special Climate Change Fund, and the Strategic Priority for Adaptation.
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.
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 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…
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.
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…
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.
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.