Sustainable Land Management

  • Implementing the MDGs in the Drylands of the WorldImplementing the MDGs in the Drylands of the WorldAug 1, 2007
    The paper highlights the economic and ecological potential of drylands, as well as the vast information accumulated over the last few decades on their strategic importance to national development and meeting the MDG targets. It advocates for a new strategy for catalyzing and fast-tracking development activities in selected dryland countries to ensure they achieve the MDGs by the 2015 deadline.

  • Measuring Impacts of Sustainable Land ManagementJul 11, 2011
    The GEF-funded project ‘Ensuring Impacts from SLM - Development of a Global Indicator System’ (KM:Land), developed a suite of global and project-level indicators to measure global environmental benefits and local livelihood benefits. The indicators and accompanying conceptual framework are now being adopted and adapted by both the GEF and UNCCD in their efforts to measure impacts of their respective strategies to combat land degradation.

  • Guidelines: Ensuring Impacts from SLM – Development of a Global Indicator SystemGuidelines: Ensuring Impacts from SLM – Development of a Global Indicator SystemJul 11, 2011
    The guidelines, by the GEF-funded project ‘Ensuring Impacts from SLM - Development of a Global Indicator System’, presents a set of four global impact indicators and their methodologies which, when taken together, can be used to determine the trends in combating land degradation and desertification through sustainable land management practices that improve the productivity of agro-ecosystems.

  • The Forgotten Billion: MDG Achievement in the DrylandsThe Forgotten Billion: MDG Achievement in the DrylandsOct 4, 2011
    The purpose of this publication is to highlight the development challenges faced by people who live in drylands and to outline how these challenges can be tackled successfully. Covering about 40 percent of the world’s land surface, dryland is home to more than 2 billion people in nearly 100 countries, of which about half remains under poverty. It will be impossible to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 if life does not improve for the poor people of the drylands. Together, they are the forgotten billion. The publication stresses that the policies designed to meet the needs of dryland peoples must be based on a sound understanding of the full complexity and dynamics of dryland ecosystems. They need to emphasize the value of dryland ecosystem services and the investment and marketing opportunities they offer.

  • Mainstreaming Drought Risk Management: A PrimerMainstreaming Drought Risk Management: A PrimerMar 30, 2011
    This publication provides a basic roadmap for mainstreaming drought risk management into development planning and programming at different levels. It suggests and outlines the steps to define drought risks within a given context. It also presents a methodology for translating risk assessments and matrices into specific policy measures, planning instruments and measurable interventions.

  • Mainstreaming Drylands Issues into National Development FrameworksOct 1, 2008
    This publication is divided into two parts. Part I provides generic steps for mainstreaming environmental and socio-economic issues of drylands into national development frameworks. Part II is an evidence-based report which illustrates the key lessons learnt and challenges identified by 21 case countries around the world in mainstreaming environmental issues with a particular focus on drylands into national development planning processes.

  • Land Rights Reform and Governance in Africa: How to make it Work in the 21st Century? Oct 1, 2006
    The main argument of this paper is that insecurity of land tenure is a socio-political condition that can be made and unmade. It points out the need for a more action-based and community driven evolutionary process for land rights reform and governance in Africa. The publication focuses on Africa but also draws examples from other poor agrarian areas.

  • Decentralized Governance of Natural ResourcesNov 1, 2006

  • Drought Risk Management: Practitioner's Perspectives from Africa and AsiaJan 31, 2012

  • Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods, Reducing Vulnerability and Building ResilienceOct 29, 2013