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Economics of Land Degradation and Improvement – A Global Assessment for Sustainable Development

Publication year: 2016

ISBN: 978-3-319-19168-3

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This volume deals with land degradation, which is occurring in almost all terrestrial biomes and agro-ecologies, in both low and high income countries and is stretching to about 30% of the total global land area. About three billion people reside in these degraded lands. However, the impact of land degradation is especially severe on livelihoods of the poor who heavily depend on natural resources. The annual global cost of land degradation due to land use and cover change (LUCC) and lower cropland and rangeland productivity is estimated to be about 300 billion USD. Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) accounts for the largest share (22%) of the total global cost of land degradation.

Subject: Economics and Finance, Environmental Economics, Cost of Action and Inaction, Ecosystem Value, Land Degradation, Land Improvement, Total Economic Value