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Handbook for the Field Assessment of Land Degradation

Handbook / Manual

By: Michael A Stocking and Niamh Murnaghan

169 pages, Col photos, bw photos, bw illus, figs, tabs


Paperback | Dec 2001 | #123695 | ISBN: 1853838314
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This practical handbook presents simple, non-technical indicators for assessing land degradation in the field. Based on the perspective of the farmer, the methods selected lend meaning to real farming situations, helping the field professional to understand not only the impact of degradation but also the benefits to be gained from reversing it.

'A hands-on book for field use.' World Association of Soil and Water Conservation Newsletter '[An] excellent, practical guide.' Natural Recourses Forum (A United Nations Journal) 'This is a comprehensive and accessible approach to the subject.' Ecology and Environment Management in Practice 'The authors have identified and successfully plugged a gap in the land degradation literature.' Land Degradation and Development Written in a clear, engaging style, this handbook is likely to remain in valued use for many years to come.' Natural Recourses Forum (A United Nations Journal) 'This manual will be invaluable for all those who work with natural resources.' Appropriate Technology


Introduction * Gaining a farmer-perspective on land degradation * What is land degradation? * What about the land user? * Indicators of soil loss * Indicators of production constraints * Combining indicators * Consequences of land degradation for land users * The benefits of conservation * Appendices, Index

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Michael Stocking is Professor of Natural Resource Development in the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich. Niamh Murnaghan is a Research Associate with the Overseas Development Group at the University of East Anglia

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