1. Desertification, its Causes and why it Matters

  1. Anton Imeson1,2

Published Online: 21 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119977759.ch1

Desertification, Land Degradation and Sustainability

Desertification, Land Degradation and Sustainability

How to Cite

Imeson, A. (2011) Desertification, its Causes and why it Matters, in Desertification, Land Degradation and Sustainability, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119977759.ch1

Author Information

  1. 1

    Foundation 3D Environmental Change, Foundation For Sustainable Development (FSD), The Netherlands

  2. 2

    University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 30 DEC 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470714485

Online ISBN: 9781119977759



  • desertification, its causes and why it matters;
  • human induced land degradation;
  • sustainable land use and management;
  • socio-economic, financial forces in degradation;
  • principles and practices of land degradation;
  • holistic systems based approach;
  • nature of desertification;
  • human induced land degradation in sub-humid regions;
  • natural versus man-made landscapes;
  • desertification, world-wide phenomenon


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The nature of desertification

  • The links between global and local desertification

  • Discussion: desertification as a world-wide and historical phenomenon

  • Discussion: life and its feedback with the environment

  • Discussion: the adaptation of people and cultures to desertification

  • Discussion: Data and evidence for land degradation

  • Conclusion: why land degradation and desertification occur

  • References and further reading