Economic benefits and costs of technologies for sustainable land management (SLM): a preliminary analysis of global WOCAT data

Giger, Markus; Liniger, Hanspeter; Schwilch, Gudrun (2013). Economic benefits and costs of technologies for sustainable land management (SLM): a preliminary analysis of global WOCAT data. In: 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference. Bonn, Deutschland. 09.-12.04.2013.

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The WOCAT network has collected, documented, and assessed more than 350 case studies on promising and good practices of SLM. Information on on- and off-site benefits of different SLM types, as well as on investment and maintenance costs is available, sometimes in quantitative and often in qualitative form. The objective of the present paper is to analyse what kind of economic benefits accrue to local stakeholders, and to better understand how these benefits compare to investment and maintenance costs. The large majority of the technologies contained in the database are perceived by land users as having positive benefits that outweigh costs in the long term. About three quarters of them also have positive or at least neutral benefits in the short term. The analysis shows that many SLM measures exist which can generate important benefits to land users, but also to other stakeholders. However, methodological issues need to be tackled and further quantitative and qualitative data are needed to better understand and support the adoption of SLM measures. Keywords: Sustainable Land Management, Costs, Benefits, Technologies

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

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:

Giger, Markus; Liniger, Hanspeter and Schwilch, Gudrun

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

Language:

English

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Date Deposited:

08 Aug 2014 10:41

Last Modified:

08 Sep 2017 16:07

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.46524

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/46524

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