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The Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought: Methodologies and Analysis for Decision-Making. Background document

The Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought: Methodologies and Analysis for Decision-Making. Background document
  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). March 2013
  • The first part of this background paper estimates the costs of desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD), or conversely, the benefits of sustainable land management (SLM), for different parts of the world. Consideration is also given to the costs (implementation, transaction and opportunity costs) associated with modifying current land-use practices to be more sustainable. The latter part of the background paper exemplifies the interlinkages and synergies of three Rio conventions. In particular, it argues that there is significant scope for mainstreaming the use of economic instruments to tackle biodiversity loss, poverty alleviation, land degradation, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. This, however, is contingent upon the rigorous monitoring of and baseline-setting for harmonized biophysical and socioeconomic indicators. Significant advances have already been made in this respect. The paper concludes by showing how these advances can help scale up economic assessments and national green accounting to improve decision-making and create effective instruments to change the very incentives that guide how we manage our lands.
  • Geographical coverage: Global
  • Main themes: Arid zones, Desertification, Drought, Economic impact, Economic instruments, Land degradation, Land management, Legal aspects, Resilience
  • Main target audience: Decision makers, Governments, Policy makers
  • Main purpose: Advocacy, Assessment
  • Type of resource: Background document
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Published in 2015