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Application of indicator systems for monitoring and assessment of desertification from national to global scales

Sommer, Stefan and Zucca, Claudio and Grainger, Andrew and Cherlet, Michael and Zougmore, Robert and Sokona, Youba and Hill, Joachim and Della Peruta, Raniero and Roehrig, Julia and Wang, Guosheng (2011) Application of indicator systems for monitoring and assessment of desertification from national to global scales. Land Degradation & Development, Vol. 22 (2), p. 184-197. eISSN 1099-145X. Article.

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DOI: 10.1002/ldr.1084


This paper suggests how the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) community can progressively make use of a flexible framework of analytical approaches that have been recently developed by scientific research. This allows a standardized but flexible use of indicator sets adapted to specific objectives or desertification issues relevant for implementing the Convention. Science has made progress in understanding major issues and proximate causes of dryland degradation such that indicator sets can be accordingly selected from the wealth of existing and documented indicator systems. The selection and combination should be guided according to transparent criteria given by existing indicator frameworks adapted to desertification conceptual frameworks such as the Dryland Development Paradigm and can act as a pragmatic entry point for selecting area- and theme-specific sets of indicators from existing databases. Working on different dryland sub-types through a meaningful stratification is proposed to delimit and characterize affected areas beyond the national level. Such stratification could be achieved by combining existing land use information with additional biophysical and socio-economic data sets, allowing indicator-based monitoring and assessment to be embedded in a framework of specific dryland degradation issues and their impacts on key ecosystem services.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:5944
Uncontrolled Keywords:Land degradation/desertification indicators, interpretation frameworks, desertification issues, UNCCD
Subjects:Area 07 - Scienze agrarie e veterinarie > AGR/14 Pedologia
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Ingegneria del territorio
Copyright Holders:© 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Additional Information:Special issue on Understanding dryland degradation trends
Deposited On:19 Apr 2011 09:37

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