Where the land is greener: Case studies and analysis of soil and water conservation initiatives worldwide

Liniger, Hanspeter; Critchley, William; Gurtner, Mats; Schwilch, Gudrun; Mekdaschi Studer, Rima (eds.) (2007). Where the land is greener: Case studies and analysis of soil and water conservation initiatives worldwide. Wageningen et al.: World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT)

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‘where the land is greener’ looks at soil and water conservation from a global perspective. In total, 42 soil and water conservation technologies and 28 approaches are described – each fully illustrated with photographs, graphs and line drawings – as applied in case studies in more than 20 countries around the world. This unique presentation of case studies draws on WOCAT’s extensive database, gathered in over 12 years of field experience. The book is intended as a prototype for national and regional compilations of sustainable land management practices a practical – instrument for making field knowledge available to decision makers. Various land use categories are covered, from crop farming to grazing and forestry. The technologies presented range from terrace-building to agroforestry systems; from rehabilitation of common pastures to conservation agriculture; from Vermiculture to water harvesting. Several of these technologies are already well-established successes – others are innovative, relatively unknown, but full of promise. Descriptions of the various technologies are complemented by studies of the ‘approaches’ that have underpinned their development and dissemination. Some of these approaches were developed specifically for individual projects; others developed and spread spontaneously in fascinating processes that offer a new perspective for development policy. In addition to the case studies, the book includes two analytical sections on the technologies and approaches under study. By identifying common elements of success, these analyses offer hope for productive conservation efforts at the local level with simultaneous global environmental benefits. Policy pointers for decision makers and donors offer a new impetus for further investment – to make the land greener.

Item Type:

Book (Monograph)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Sustainable Land Management
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > NCCR North-South Management Centre (discontinued)
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Liniger, Hanspeter; Gurtner, Mathias; Schwilch, Gudrun and Mekdaschi, Rima

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISBN:

978-92-9081-339-2

Publisher:

World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT)

Projects:

[427] World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies Official URL

Language:

English

Submitter:

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Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:59

Last Modified:

23 Nov 2015 15:11

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/25571 (FactScience: 59210)

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