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A Handbook for the Field Assessment of Land Degradation

  • Couverture cartonnée
  • 184 Nombre de pages
Michael Stocking is Professor of Natural Resource Development in the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, No... Lire la suite
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Auteur

Michael Stocking is Professor of Natural Resource Development in the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich. Niamh Murnaghan is a Research Associate with the Overseas Development Group at the University of East Anglia



Texte du rabat

With an ever-demanding and increasing population, it is imperative that we slow down or stop land degradation and the consequential lowering of the productive capacity of the land. This book provides guidance on rapid and non-technical methods for measuring and assessing land degradation in the field. It is based on a farmer perspective so that the indicators selected will have meaning and applicability to real situations. The handbook also considers how measurements should be interpreted and shows how combinations of different indicators can give the best conclusions as to the severity of the degradation. The authors show how this information can be incorporated within the design of appropriate conservation technologies.This practical and straightforward handbook will be an invaluable tool for professionals in the area of land degradation and for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and their field-workers.



Résumé
Presents simple, non-technical indicators for assessing land degradation. This handbook shows how to calculate indicators such as those of soil loss. It focuses on understanding the farmer's interaction with the land, and how environmental protection, food security and the well-being of rural land users may be assured.

Contenu

Preface * Acknowledgements * List of Acronyms and Abbreviations * Gaining a Farmer-perspective on Land Degradation * What is Land Degradation? * What About the Land User? * Indicators of Soil Loss * Indicators of Production Constraints * Combining Indicators * Consequences of Land Degradation for Land Users * The Benefits of Conservation * Appendix I: Visual Indicators of Land Degradation * Appendix II: Forms for Field Measurements * Appendix III: Glossary - Terms Closely Related to Assessment of Land Degradation * Appendix IV: Annotated Bibliography * Appendix V: Major Tropical Soils and their Susceptibility to Land Degradation * Appendix VI: Investment Appraisal * Appendix VII: Suggested Outline for a Two Week Training Workshop in Land Degradation Field Assessment * Notes * Index

Détails sur le produit

Titre: A Handbook for the Field Assessment of Land Degradation
Auteur:
Code EAN: 9781853838316
ISBN: 978-1-85383-831-6
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Genre: Sciences naturelles en général
nombre de pages: 184
Poids: 368g
Taille: H237mm x B178mm x T11mm
Année: 2001