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Conserving Land, Protecting Water

Conserving Land, Protecting Water

Edited by D Bossio, K Geheb

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Conserving Land, Protecting Water

The degradation of land and water resources resulting primarily from agricultural activities has had enormous impact on human society. In order to alleviate this problem an advanced understanding of the state of our resources and the process of degradation is needed. Conserving Land, Protecting Water includes an overview of existing literature focusing on global patterns of land and water degradation and discussions of new insights drawn from successful case studies on reversing soil and water degradation and their impact on food and environmental security.


Drawing on the fields of ecology, agricultural and soil sciences, hydrology, development studies and political science, this book will provide both academics and policy makers with innovative ideas for how sustainable water use and food production can be achieved through the prevention of land degradation.

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Author Edited by D Bossio, K Geheb
Availability In Print
Dimensions Unknown
Extent 256 Pages
ISBN 9781845933876
Publication date Jul-08
Book Type Hardcover


Part 1: Land and Water Degradation: Assessment and Issues

Learning from bright spots to enhance food security and to combat degradation of water and land resources.

Land degradation and water productivity in agricultural landscapes.

Land Degradation, ecosystem services and resilience of smallholder farmers in Makanya catachment, Tanzania.

Political ecologies of bright spots

Large scale fluxes of crop nutrients in food cause environmental problems at the sources and at sinks

Carbon sequestration, land degradation and water

Part 2: Towards Better Land and Water Management

Local Innovation in Green Water' Management

Sustainability and Resilience of the Urban Agricultural Phenomenon in Africa

Safeguarding water resources by making the land greener: knowledge management through WOCAT

Bright basins - do many bright spots make a basin shine?

The influence of plant cover structures on water fluxes in agricultural landscapes

Investments in collective capacity and social capital

Part 3. Bright Spots'

Bright spots': Pathways to ensuring food security and environmental integrity

Ecosystem benefits of Bright Spots'

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