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by Carmen Tedesco last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
Online community to further the debate on the cost of inaction to prevent land degradation

Land degradation is a major insidious global problem.  It is especially important in the world's drylands, which are home to more than 2 billion of the world's poorest people.  Overall, land degradation probably affects more than 2.6 billion people in more than 100 countries.

 

 

As a result, the Global-Mechanism, the Comite Scientifique Français de la Désertification (CFSD) and several other agencies sponsored a two day workshop with the following golas:

  • pooling knowledge on methods of assessing natural resources and the results derived from cost-effectiveness studies on desertification - comparing findings on economic loss;
  • analysing the known costs of desertification to support prevention and corrective action such as land restoration, rehabilitation, and improvement;
  • considering various methods of analysing the social costs of desertification;
  • developing solid arguments in favour of investment in arid and semi-arid areas; and
  • setting up an international network on the economic and social costs of desertification.
File Community-Based Integrated Land and Water Management: Case Studies and Lessons Learned from Africa by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 03:20 PM
In most of Africa integrated management of both land and water is needed to sustain livelihood systems. Water needs to be collected, husbanded and led appropriately to fields and crops or to animals. Land based resources, soil and vegetation/crops have also to be carefully managed. The status of one affects that of the other. While this is instinctive and obvious to the farmer and pastoralist, it’s not always so clear to officials in sectorally organized central ministries or departments, or even in the sectorally oriented sections of development agencies and NGOs, either in the capital city or in local offices. There are many lessons to be learned from the inappropriately skewed development of one resource in relation to the other. Fortunately, there are also lessons to be learned from examples of effective integrated development in a community setting of resource systems linking land, water, and the biological resources they produce. This document draws upon a number of case studies of Community-Based Integrated Land and Water Management (CBILWM) in Africa, and experience with different approaches to rural development, to offer guidelines for effective CBILWM. (INCI) The document provides the following: • A brief background to development agency initiatives in integrated land and water management • An analytical summary of the current scientific thinking on approaches to this topic • Eight case studies of local CBILWM experience in Africa • Some lessons learned from scientific, agency, and practical experiences to date.
File Costs of Desertification by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
A short paper about the concept and costs of desertification and the economies of drylands. The author links the fight against desertification and poverty alleviation in developing countries and specifically focuses on Latin America. (INCI)
File GEF Land Degradation Linkage Study by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
The purpose of this report is to identify the results and initial impact of the land degradation component of those linkage projects which link biodiversity, international waters and climate change with land degradation. The lessons learned from this review lead to a set of recommendations on how land degradation issues should be addressed in focal area reviews and in subsequent GEF activities.
File Land Degradation Case Studies 01 - Overview by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
This study, commissioned by the Global Mechanism with support from the World Bank examined available national data on the extent, costs and current remedial actions concerning land degradation and sustainable land management in seven pilot countries. This was a desk study, but included countries where the authors had detailed long term knowledge. The results of the work are presented in seven case studies of China, Ethiopia, Mexico, Uganda, Rwanda, Chile and Indonesia; and this overview paper, which presents a synthesis of the lessons learned from the cases and from a review of the current academic and report literature. (INCI)
File Land Degradation Case Studies 02 - China by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
This paper is part of a series of case studies, which attempt on a pilot country basis to examine the costs of land degradation (INCI). This stage of the work involves a desk analysis of: • Impacts of land degradation • Costs of land degradation • Costs of land improvement measures • Costs of policy reform and institutional development. In general there is reasonable, though not comprehensive, information on the impacts of land degradation and a good assessment base of the proximate and root causes. Linkages with poverty are well established and the cost of current remedial programs can be identified. There is much less information on the impact on the ground of these actions. It is clear that the impact of land degradation is a drain on economic growth in rural areas and has an affect on national economic growth patterns. Investment in remedial action is hard to quantify, but appears an order of magnitude smaller than the scope of the problem. Actual in country joint assessment with national stakeholders will be necessary to provide specific analysis of the countries concerned.
File Land Degradation Case Studies 03 - Ethiopia by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
This paper is part of a series of case studies, which attempt on a pilot country basis to examine the costs of land degradation (INCI). This stage of the work involves a desk analysis of: • Impacts of land degradation • Costs of land degradation • Costs of land improvement measures • Costs of policy reform and institutional development. In general there is reasonable, though not comprehensive, information on the impacts of land degradation and a good assessment base of the proximate and root causes. Linkages with poverty are well established and current remedial programs can be identified. There is much less information on the impact on the ground of these actions. It is clear that the impact of land degradation is a drain on economic growth in rural areas and has an affect on national economic growth patterns. Investment in remedial action is hard to quantify, but appears an order of magnitude smaller than the scope of the problem. Actual in country joint assessment with national stakeholders will be necessary to provide specific analysis of the countries concerned.
File Land Degradation Case Studies 04 - Mexico by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
This paper is part of a series of case studies, which attempt on a pilot country basis to examine the costs of land degradation (INCI). This stage of the work involves a desk analysis of: • Impacts of land degradation • Costs of land degradation • Costs of land improvement measures • Costs of policy reform and institutional development. In general there is reasonable, though not comprehensive, information on the impacts of land degradation and a good assessment base of the proximate and root causes. Linkages with poverty are well established and the cost of current remedial programs can be identified. There is much less information on the impact on the ground of these actions. It is clear that the impact of land degradation is a drain on economic growth in rural areas and has an affect on national economic growth patterns. Investment in remedial action is hard to quantify, but appears an order of magnitude smaller than the scope of the problem. Actual in country joint assessment with national stakeholders will be necessary to provide specific analysis of the countries concerned.
File Land Degradation Case Studies 05 - Uganda by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
This paper is part of a series of case studies, which attempt on a pilot country basis to examine the costs of land degradation (INCI). This stage of the work involves a desk analysis of: • Impacts of land degradation • Costs of land degradation • Costs of land improvement measures • Costs of policy reform and institutional development. In general there is reasonable, though not comprehensive, information on the impacts of land degradation and a good assessment base of the proximate and root causes. Linkages with poverty are well established and the cost of current remedial programs can be identified. There is much less information on the impact on the ground of these actions. It is clear that the impact of land degradation is a drain on economic growth in rural areas and has an affect on national economic growth patterns. Investment in remedial action is hard to quantify, but appears an order of magnitude smaller than the scope of the problem. Actual in country joint assessment with national stakeholders will be necessary to provide specific analysis of the countries concerned.
File Land Degradation Case Studies 06 - Rwanda by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
This paper is part of a series of case studies, which attempt on a pilot country basis to examine the costs of land degradation (INCI). This stage of the work involves a desk analysis of: • Impacts of land degradation • Costs of land degradation • Costs of land improvement measures • Costs of policy reform and institutional development. In general there is reasonable, though not comprehensive, information on the impacts of land degradation and a good assessment base of the proximate and root causes. Linkages with poverty are well established and the cost of current remedial programs can be identified. There is much less information on the impact on the ground of these actions. It is clear that the impact of land degradation is a drain on economic growth in rural areas and has an affect on national economic growth patterns. Investment in remedial action is hard to quantify, but appears an order of magnitude smaller than the scope of the problem. Actual in country joint assessment with national stakeholders will be necessary to provide specific analysis of the countries concerned.
File Land Degradation Case Studies 07 - Chile by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
This paper is part of a series of case studies, which attempt on a pilot country basis to examine the costs of land degradation (INCI). This stage of the work involves a desk analysis of: • Impacts of land degradation • Costs of land degradation • Costs of land improvement measures • Costs of policy reform and institutional development. In one region of Chile in general there is reasonable, though not comprehensive, information on the impacts of land degradation and a good assessment base of the proximate and root causes. Linkages with poverty are well established. There is much less information on the impact on the ground of these actions. It is clear that the impact of land degradation is a drain on economic growth in rural areas and has an affect on national economic growth patterns. Investment in remedial action is hard to quantify, but appears an order of magnitude smaller than the scope of the problem. Actual in country joint assessment with national stakeholders will be necessary to provide specific analysis of the countries concerned.
File Land Degradation Case Studies 08 - Indonesia by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
This paper is part of a series of case studies, which attempt on a pilot country basis to examine the costs of land degradation (INCI). This stage of the work involves a desk analysis of: • Impacts of land degradation • Costs of land degradation • Costs of land improvement measures • Costs of policy reform and institutional development. In general there is reasonable, though not comprehensive, information on the impacts of land degradation and a good assessment base of the proximate and root causes. Linkages with poverty are well established and current remedial programs can be identified. There is much less information on the impact on the ground of these actions. It is clear that the impact of land degradation is a drain on economic growth in rural areas and has an affect on national economic growth patterns. Investment in remedial action is hard to quantify, but appears an order of magnitude smaller than the scope of the problem. Actual in country joint assessment with national stakeholders will be necessary to provide specific analysis of the countries concerned.
File Mainstreaming National Action Programmes into the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper Process by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
Two different but parallel and sometimes overlapping processes have characterized the assessment of poverty and land degradation in arid, semi-arid and sub-humid regions; the National Action Programme (NAP) under the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the poverty reduction strategies that in many countries culminate in the World Bank geared Poverty Reduction Strategies and Strategy Papers (PRSP). These two processes are most effective in dealing with resource and poverty issues, if they are mainstreamed one with the other. The mainstreaming of the NAP into the PRSP will have a welcomed integrating impact on sectoral strategies, will upscale the UNCCD advocated approaches and allow stronger focus on the environment/poverty nexus. The results of mainstreaming can materialize in the sharper development of pro-poor investments in most affected rural areas. These investments will provide environmental sustainability and improvement in economic well being. Some countries have already embarked on this mainstreaming. This paper details the needs, processes and benefits of mainstreaming in addressing poverty and extreme poverty in the affected countries. Recommendations suggest how this integration can be achieved and outline the needed steps for all parties including, the NAP focal points, the PRSP process, the Agencies, the Affected Countries and the Developed Countries, both individually and in the partnerships which need to be developed to deal with poverty reduction in environmentally degraded areas. (INCI)
File Report on the Cost of Inaction and Opportunities for Investment in Arid, Semi-Arid, and Dry Sub-Humid Areas Workshop by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
This report provides a summary of the activities and main findings of the International Workshop on the Cost of Inaction and Opportunities for Investment in Arid, Semi-Arid, and Dry Sub-Humid Areas that took place in Rome during December 4-5, 2006. Part of the INCI Community of Practice on FRAME.
File Resource Mobilization and the Status of Funding of Activities Related to Land Degradation by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
Electronic version of the book form released for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and The Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. Topics covered include background, extent of land degradation and desertification, responses to land degradation, and funding expectations/requirements. (INCI)
File Sustainable Land Management Within East Asia and the Pacific [World Bank] by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
Operationalizing GEF’S New GEF OP 15 On Sustainable Land Management Within World Bank Instruments East Asia and the Pacific. From the INCI FRAME Community of Practice.
File Sustainable Land Management Within Europe and Central Asia [World Bank] by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
Operationalizing GEF’S New GEF OP 15 On Sustainable Land Management Within World Bank Instruments Europe and Central Asia. From INCI FRAME Community of Practice.
File Sustainable Land Management Within Latin America & the Caribbean [World Bank] by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
Operationalizing GEF’S New GEF OP 15 On Sustainable Land Management Within World Bank Instruments Latin America & the Caribbean. From INIC FRAME Community of Practice.
File Sustainable Land Management Within South Asia [World Bank] by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
Operationalizing GEF’S New GEF OP 15 On Sustainable Land Management Within World Bank Instruments South Asia. From INCI FRAME Community of Practice.
File Sustainable Land Management Within Sub-Saharan Africa [World Bank] by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
Operationalizing GEF’S New GEF OP 15 On Sustainable Land Management Within World Bank Instruments Sub-Saharan Africa. From INCI FRAME Community of Practice.
File Sustainable Land Management Within the Middle East and North Africa [World Bank] by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
Operationalizing GEF’S New GEF OP 15 On Sustainable Land Management Within World Bank Instruments the Middle East and North Africa. From INCI FRAME Community of Practice.
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