Economic benefits and costs of Sustainable Land Management Technologies: An analysis of WOCAT's global data

Giger, Markus; Liniger, Hanspeter; Sauter, Caspar; Schwilch, Gudrun (2015). Economic benefits and costs of Sustainable Land Management Technologies: An analysis of WOCAT's global data. Land degradation & development, 29(4), pp. 962-974. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 10.1002/ldr.2429

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Perceived profitability is a key factor in explaining farmers' decision to adopt or not adopt sustainable land management (SLM) technologies. Despite this importance, relatively little is known about the economics of SLM. This paper contributes to the literature by analysing data on costs and perceived cost/benefit ratios of SLM technologies. Data are taken from the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies technology database and cover 363 case studies conducted in a variety of countries between 1990 and 2012. Based on an in-depth descriptive analysis, we determine what costs accrue to local stakeholders and assess perceived short-term and long-term cost/benefit ratios. Our results show that a large majority of the technologies in our sample are perceived as being profitable: 73% were perceived to have a positive or at least neutral cost/benefit ratio in the short term, while 97% were perceived to have a positive or very positive cost/benefit ratio in the long term. An additional empirical analysis confirms that economic factors are key determinants of land users' decisions to adopt or not adopt SLM technologies. We conclude that a wide range of existing SLM practices generate considerable benefits not only for land users, but for other stakeholders as well. High initial investment costs associated with some practices may, however, constitute a barrier to their adoption; short-term support for land users can help to promote these practices where appropriate.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Giger, Markus; Liniger, Hanspeter and Schwilch, Gudrun

ISSN:

1085-3278

Publisher:

John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Projects:

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

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

30 Oct 2015 08:06

Last Modified:

22 Apr 2018 01:57

Publisher DOI:

10.1002/ldr.2429

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.72495

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/72495

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