Desertification: Prevention and Restoration

Authored by: Claudio Zucca , Susana Bautista , Barron Orr , Franco Previtali

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
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Policy and management approaches and strategies to address desertification can be broadly grouped as prevention and reversal. Desertification is framed within multiscale, coupled human–environmental dynamics, and so must be the approaches for prevention and reversal. The development of integrated and participatory methods for evaluating and monitoring interventions is crucial in view of planning and implementing effective interventions. Recent approaches focus on indicators that relate to ecosystem integrity and services and to human well-being. The present entry reviews both the theoretical and operational issues related to the subject.

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