Economics of Land Degradation and Improvement - A Global Assessment for Sustainable Development / edited by Ephraim Nkonya, Alisher Mirzabaev, Joachim von Braun.Material type: TextPublisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer, 2016Edition: 1st ed. 2016Description: 1 online resource (XVIII, 686 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783319191683Subject(s): Environmental economics | Environmental EconomicsAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Economics of land degradation and improvement - a global assessment for sustainable development.; Printed edition:: No title; Printed edition:: No title; Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 333.7 LOC classification: HC79. | E5Online resources: Click here to access online
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Introduction -- Part I: Concepts and Methods -- Methods -- Institutional Framework of Taking Action Against Land Degradation -- Part II: Global -- Global Extent Of Land Degradation -- Ground-Truthing of Land Degradation Mapping -- The Global Cost of Land Degradation -- Global Drivers of Land Degradation -- ELD in Global Rangelands -- Part III: Regional -- ELD in Sub-Saharan Africa -- ELD in Central Asia -- Part IV: Country Case Studies: Cost, Drivers and Action Against of Land Degradation -- Argentina -- Bhutan -- China -- Ethiopia -- India -- Kenya -- Niger -- Russia -- Senegal -- Tanzania and Malawi.-Uzbekistan -- Part V: Lessons Learnt and Implications -- What Can We Learn from the Cost of Inaction Against Land Degradation? -- What Can We Learn from the Success Stories of Addressing or Preventing Land Degradation? -- What are the Low-hanging Fruits for Addressing Land Degradation?.-What the World Needs to do to Build Momentum of Addressing Land Degradation?.
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This volume deals with land degradation, which is occurring in almost all terrestrial biomes and agro-ecologies, in both low and high income countries and is stretching to about 30% of the total global land area. About three billion people reside in these degraded lands. However, the impact of land degradation is especially severe on livelihoods of the poor who heavily depend on natural resources. The annual global cost of land degradation due to land use and cover change (LUCC) and lower cropland and rangeland productivity is estimated to be about 300 billion USD. Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) accounts for the largest share (22%) of the total global cost of land degradation. Only about 38% of the cost of land degradation due to LUCC - which accounts for 78% of the US$300 billion loss - is borne by land users and the remaining share (62%) is borne by consumers of ecosystem services off the farm. The results in this volume indicate that reversing land degradation trends makes both economic sense, and has multiple social and environmental benefits. On average, one US dollar investment into restoration of degraded land returns five US dollars. The findings of the country case studies call for increased investments into the rehabilitation and restoration of degraded lands, including through such institutional and policy measures as strengthening community participation for sustainable land management, enhancing government effectiveness and rule of law, improving access to markets and rural services, and securing land tenure. The assessment in this volume has been conducted at a time when there is an elevated interest in private land investments and when global efforts to achieve sustainable development objectives have intensified. In this regard, the results of this volume can contribute significantly to the ongoing policy debate and efforts to design strategies for achieving sustainable development goals and related efforts to address land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
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