Title
Cross-scale monitoring and assessment of land degradation and sustainable land management: A methodological framework for knowledge management
Description
For land degradation monitoring and assessment (M&A) to be accurate and for sustainable land management (SLM) to be effective, it is necessary to incorporate multiple knowledges using a variety of methods and scales, and this must include the (potentially conflicting) perspectives of those who use the land. This paper presents a hybrid methodological framework that builds on approaches developed by UN Food & Agriculture Organisation’s land degradation Assessment in Drylands (LADA), the World Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) programme and the Dryland Development Paradigm (DDP), and is being applied internationally through the EU-funded DESIRE project. The framework suggests that M&A should determine the progress of SLM towards meeting sustainability goals, with results continually and iteratively enhancing SLM decisions. The framework is divided into four generic themes: (i) establishing land degradation and SLM context and sustainability goals; (ii) identifying, evaluating and selecting SLM strategies; (iii) selecting land degradation and SLM indicators and (iv) applying SLM options and monitoring land degradation and progress towards sustainability goals. This approach incorporates multiple knowledge sources and types (including land manager perspectives) from local to national and international scales. In doing so, it aims to provide outputs for policy-makers and land managers that have the potential to enhance the sustainability of land management in drylands, from the field scale to the region, and to national and international levels. The paper draws on operational experience from across the DESIRE project to break the four themes into a series of methodological steps, and provides examples of the range of tools and methods that can be used to operationalise each of these steps.
DOI
10.1002/ldr.1087
Language
English
Author
M. S. Reed
Co-author
R. Sebego
Co-author
M. Akhtar-Schuster
Co-author
L. C. Stringer
Co-author
R. Thomas
Co-author
W. Essahli
Co-author
L. Fleskens
Co-author
H. Bigas
Co-author
J. Perkins
Co-author
A. J. Dougill
Co-author
A. C. Evely
Co-author
S. Verzandvoort
Co-author
S. Twomlow
Co-author
R. Hessel
Co-author
C. M. Raymond
Co-author
H. P. Liniger
Co-author
G. Schwilch
Co-author
F. Bachmann
Co-author
B. Kruger
Co-author
J. H. Glass
Co-author
R. Chanda
Co-author
J. Holden
Co-author
G. Bastin
Co-author
W. Mphinyane
Co-author
A. A. R. Ioris
Co-author
C. J. Ritsema
Co-author
M. Buenemann
Co-author
M. Seely
Co-author
D. Nainggolan
Co-author
N. Geeson
Co-author
J. Atlhopheng
Volume number
22
Issue number
2
Is this item peer reviewed?
Yes
ISSN
10853278
Copyright URL
http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-406241.html#OnlineOpen_Terms
Publisher
Wiley-Blackwell
Date of publication
01 March 2011
Page reference
261-271
Has non-academic co-authors?
Yes
Has international co-authors?
Yes
For non-academic audience?
Yes
Is this item a pre-print or post-print?
Post-print
Title of journal
Land Degradation & Development
Vancouver
Reed M. S. et al. Cross-scale monitoring and assessment of land degradation and sustainable land management: A methodological framework for knowledge management. Land Degradation & Development 2011; 22 (2): 261-271.