land degradation Articles

  • Land degradation in developing countries: what is the problem?

    Based on a review of case studies from developing countries this paper argues that global assessments of land degradation should be interpreted with care. On the one hand, degradation is not a linear process that can easily be measured by static parameters. Positive environmental outcomes are often linked to the process of land use intensification, an outcome that depends on an interplay among ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Remote sensing of land degradation: experiences from Latin America and the Caribbean

    Received for publication April 6, 2009. Land degradation caused by deforestation, overgrazing, and inappropriate irrigation practices affects about 16% of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). This paper addresses issues related to the application of remote sensing technologies for the identification and mapping of land degradation features, with special attention to the LAC region. The ...

  • Radar remote sensing of wind-driven land degradation processes in northeastern Patagonia

    Received for publication February 27, 2009. Wind-driven land degradation negatively impacts on rangeland production and infrastructure in the Valdes Peninsula, northeastern Patagonia. The Valdes Peninsula has the most noticeable dunefields of the Patagonian drylands. Wind erosion has been assessed at different scales in this region, but often with limited data. In general, terrain features caused ...

  • How to Identify Degraded Land for Sustainable Palm Oil in Indonesia

    Palm oil production in Indonesia has the potential to generate local benefits if oil palm cultivation expansion follows sustainable planning and management practices, including respect for local interests and rights. Potential benefits include increased incomes, profits, and government revenues, reduced poverty, and improved natural resource management. Whether this potential is achieved will ...

  • Land Treatment

    Introduction Land Treatment is a full-scale bioremediation technology in which contaminated soils, sediments, or sludges are turned over (i.e., tilled) and allowed to interact with the soil and climate at the site. The waste, soil, climate, and biological activity interact dynamically as a system to degrade, transform, and immobilize waste constitutes. Wastes are periodically tilled to aerate the ...

  • Degradation of phthalate-contaminated soils

    Petrox 3 is a specialty bioremediation product comprised of patented strains of live vegetative aerobic microorganisms providing fast, effective degradation of large molecule organic compounds such as phthalates. The following soil treatment demonstrates the effectiveness of PETROX 3 to treat excavated and land-farmed soils. Petrox 3 was added at a rate of approximately 1 drum per 200 tons of ...


    By CL Solutions, LLC

  • Assessing the impact of climate change on water resources, crop production and land degradation in a semi-arid river basin

    The semi-arid regions of Iran have experienced severe water resources stress due to natural (e.g., drought) and anthropogenic (e.g., depletion of water in various sectors) factors. Assessing the impact of climate change on water resources and crop production could significantly help toward better water management and hence prevention of land degradation in this area. A hydrological model of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Remote sensing of soil degradation: Introduction

    In the 21st century, mapping and monitoring the occurrence of soil degradation will be an important component of successful land management. Remote sensing, with its unique ability to measure across space and time, will be an increasingly indispensible tool for assessing degradation. However, much of the recent experience and progress in using remote sensing and other geospatial technologies to ...

  • Why degraded reefs could be the future of ocean conservation

    When there’s not enough pristine habitat left to save an ecosystem, it’s time to take a new look at less-than-perfect places. When you think of a nature preserve, chances are you picture a tract of pristine, healthy wilderness, set aside in order to protect a functioning ecosystem. But what if not much remains of the ecosystem you want to protect? A new proposal by an ...


    By Ensia

  • Urbanisation and environmental degradation in Dhaka Metropolitan Area of Bangladesh

    Using available data on relevant issues and onsite field visits, this paper documented the environmental problems associated with the unprecedented urbanisation in Dhaka Metropolitan Area of Bangladesh. Analyses revealed that a rapid spatial expansion of the city has been taking place alongside the remarkable rise in urban population, simultaneously putting immense pressure on natural ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Effect of global warming on soil and land resources in Bangladesh

    Bangladesh scientists believe that because of sea level rise coastal Bangladesh has already experienced severe impacts especially in terms of area of inundation and erosion, saline intrusion, deforestation, loss of bio-diversity and agriculture in addition to large scale migration. About 1.02 million hectares of arable land is already affected by varying degrees of salinity, 0.7 million hectares ...

  • Environmental degradation and conflict in Karamoja, Uganda: the decline of a pastoral society

    Throughout history, the Karamojong people of northeastern Uganda practiced a method of pastoralism. Limited surface water, a hot, arid climate, and a short season of torrential rains guarantee excessive soil erosion and land degradation. However, the Karamojong's mobility ensured that their herds grazed throughout the year without jeopardising future grazing. Despite their ecologically ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Land, labour and the anthropology of work: towards sustainable livelihoods

    As the debate about the meaning of sustainable development matures, the links between environmental and social sustainability are becoming clearer. Environmental degradation frequently leads to social instability and vice-versa. Recent studies of past civilizations show a disturbing and apparently common pattern of colonisation of a new area, rapid expansion, increasing pressure on natural ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • “Swapping Land” to Produce Sustainable Palm Oil in Indonesia

    Indonesia has the world’s third-largest rainforest, which is a haven for biodiversity and an economic lifeline for many rural communities. However, Indonesian forests are in rapid decline and the country regularly tops deforestation hotspots lists. The key to protecting Indonesia’s forests remains ...

  • The Continuous Degradation of Europe`s Coasts Threatens European Living Standards

    Living by the sea is very attractive. People picture coasts as an immutable asset, yet damaging and irreversible changes to coastal ecosystems continue unabated. Available trends show that changes in land use in coastal areas outstrip those seen elsewhere; for instance, the growth of artificial surfaces along Europe's coasts is increasing at a rate one third faster than in inland areas. These ...

  • Addressing soil degradation in EU agriculture: relevant processes, practices and policies

    Agriculture occupies a substantial proportion of the European land, and consequently plays an important role in maintaining natural resources and cultural landscapes, a precondition for other human activities in rural areas. Unsustainable farming practices and land use, including mismanaged intensification as well as land abandonment, have an adverse impact on natural resources. Having recognised ...


  • The direct and indirect impacts of EU policies on land

    The 2011 Roadmap to a resource efficient Europe states, in its milestone of actions to address land as a resource, that 'By 2020, EU policies take into account their direct and indirect impact on land use in the EU and globally …' (EC, 2011d). This report presents a methodology for the assessment of European Union (EU) policies in terms of their land-related implications in Europe and ...

  • Stormwater runoff quality in correlation to land use and land cover development in Yongin, South Korea

    Stormwater runoff quality is sensitive to land use and land cover (LULC) change. It is difficult to understand their relationship in predicting the pollution potential and developing watershed management practices to eliminate or reduce the pollution risk. In this study, the relationship between LULC change and stormwater runoff quality in two separate monitoring sites comprising a construction ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Integrating environmental considerations into land planning and development process for sustainable development in Malaysia

    Land development activities are undeniably one of the major causes of environmental pollution. However with proper environmental protection measures, environmental pollution and degradation can be greatly reduced. Many are of the opinion that these two processes, land development and environmental protection should be integrated into the land development process as both land development and ...


  • A 'laboratory' of landscape degradation: social and economic implications for sustainable development in peri–urban areas

    The present paper debates on human–derived landscape degradation (LD) and sustainable development reviewing the main factors of soil and land degradation in northern Mediterranean peri–urban areas, taken as paradigmatic cases for Europe and the Mediterranean basin. Population growth and urban sprawl were found as the most important factors determining soil sealing, land consumption, biodiversity ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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