Economics of Land Degradation Initiative : Practitioner’s Guide | Land Portal

Resource information

Date of publication: 
December 2014
Resource Language: 
ISBN / Resource ID: 
UNCCD:864
Pages: 
26

Land has a value for each and every one of us. Fertile soil provides us with plant life, vegetables, grains, and fibres. Forests supply us with timber and firewood. We benefit from fresh water, food, and many other ecosystem services that land provides us with. Land is also emotionally valuable to people as well, perhaps through associating treasured memories such as playing on it as a child. In any case, all societies and people assign historical and cultural value to their landscapes, their nature, and all natural phenomena associated with land. However, lands are in danger. Globally, a frightening 10 to 20 per cent of drylands are currently facing degradation and 24 per cent of usable land is already degraded. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), this results in an estimated economic loss of USD 40 billion per year. Evidently, we have to rethink the ways we treat and use our lands. We can no longer take the services that fertile soil presents us with for granted. Common practices concerning current land use need to be reconsidered if we want it to continue providing for us in the future. One way to help address the imminent threat of degradation is to enable practitioners across the world to calculate the true economic value of land, when development and conservation fall within their responsibilities. This empowers these key individuals to make informed economic decisions and improve the livelihoods of the people and livestock that depend on the continuous ability of the land to provide.

Authors and Publishers

Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 

Musekamp, Claudia
Stewart, Naomi
Lauterbach, Josephine

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Economics of Land Degradation Initiative logo

The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative is an initiative on the economic benefits of land and land based ecosystems. The initiative highlights the value of sustainable land management and provides a global approach for analysis of the economics of land degradation. It aims to make economics of land degradation an integral part of policy strategies and decision making by increasing the political and public awareness of the costs and benefits of land and land-based ecosystems.


Our Vision


Publisher(s): 
Economics of Land Degradation Initiative logo

The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative is an initiative on the economic benefits of land and land based ecosystems. The initiative highlights the value of sustainable land management and provides a global approach for analysis of the economics of land degradation. It aims to make economics of land degradation an integral part of policy strategies and decision making by increasing the political and public awareness of the costs and benefits of land and land-based ecosystems.


Our Vision


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The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa (UNCCD) is a Convention to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought through national action programs that incorporate long-term strategies supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements.


 

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