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Sustainable land management for the semiarid and sub-humid tropics



Sustainable land management for the semiarid and sub-humid tropics



Ambio 25(8): 484-491



Sustainable land management (SLM) ensures adequate levels of current production whilst preserving the land resource base over time in order not to compromise or reduce development opportunities for future generations. This is particularly important globally in the large areas of the semiarid and sub-humid tropics. This paper presents five case studies involving different land management systems in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Biophysical and socioeconomic causes of land degradation are first outlined, the linkages between them discussed, and regional commonalities and differences outlined. Practical procedures and recommendations are made on how to reverse the spiral of land degradation. These include the need to assess land degradation and sustainability, land quality change indicators, linking biophysical and socioeconomic information, and the institutional and funding mechanisms which may be necessary. A multidisciplinary and participatory approach directly involving the land users themselves is also recommended.

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DOI: 10.2307/4314527


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