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This ebook specializes in the worldwide results of land degradation, yet emphasizes different very important degrees of land degradation: on the box point, it may possibly bring about decreased productiveness; on the nationwide point, it may well reason flooding, and sedimentation; and, on the international point, it could possibly give a contribution to weather adjustments, destructive bio-diversity, and foreign waters. the results on weather alterations are explored, and the record questions the level to which land degradation on agricultural land, impacts weather swap. Does it raise emissions of greenhouse gases? Does it have an effect on land's potential to function a carbon sink? Can applicable administration improve either land's productiveness, and its skill to shop carbon? The carbon cycle in soils is analyzed, indicating land degradation is probably going to lessen the power of soils to function carbon sink, and unlock kept carbon into the ambience, and, bio-diversity results usually are hostile. international merits of land degradation keep watch over, contain afforestation, to permit elevated carbon sequestration, and supply enough bio-diversity habitats; and, community-based flora and fauna administration, promises choices to a couple marginal parts. even if integrating international dimensions into land degradation keep watch over tasks, might opposite the sector point, or nationwide difficulties it really is inflicting, problems and constraints will most probably give a contribution to the failure of those tasks.

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This paper examines the conceptual, methodological, and empirical issues involved in designing interventions to address land degradation problems and global environmental benefits in developing countries. The issues to be addressed include: The extent and nature of global benefits resulting from control and mitigation of land degradation problems. The relationship between global and domestic benefits of addressing land degradation problems. How consideration of global problems can be incorporated in the design of land degradation control projects and how the costs of such projects might be shared among the beneficiaries.

Title : The Global Environmental Benefits of Land Degradation Control On Agricultural Land : Global Overlays Program World Bank Environment Paper ; No. 16 author : Pagiola, Stefano. publisher : World Bank isbn10 | asin : 0821344218 print isbn13 : 9780821344217 ebook isbn13 : 9780585261126 language : English subject Environmental degradation, Land degradation--Environmental aspects, Land capability for agriculture, Sustainable agriculture. 76/15 subject : Environmental degradation, Land degradation--Environmental aspects, Land capability for agriculture, Sustainable agriculture.

In the United States alone, 13,000 distinct soil series have been identified [Brady, 1986]. Climatic variations and crop interactions add additional layers of complexity. Site-specific variations in conditions can lead to significant differences even within small geographical areas. Finally, differences in economic conditions will mean that optimal land management practices and responses to land degradation will vary even within similar ego-ecological areas. National problems. The off-site effects of land degradation also vary substantially according to local conditions.

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