Special Issue Article
Monitoring and assessing the influence of social, economic and policy factors on sustainable land management in drylands
Article first published online: 11 OCT 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Land Degradation & Development
Special Issue: Special Issue on Understanding Dryland Degradation Trends
Volume 22, Issue 2, pages 240–247, March/April 2011
How to Cite
Nkonya, E., Winslow, M., Reed, M. S., Mortimore, M. and Mirzabaev, A. (2011), Monitoring and assessing the influence of social, economic and policy factors on sustainable land management in drylands. Land Degrad. Dev., 22: 240–247. doi: 10.1002/ldr.1048
- Issue published online: 29 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 11 OCT 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 AUG 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 21 JUL 2010
- Manuscript Received: 16 MAR 2010
- sustainable land management;
Socio-economic and policy dynamics strongly influence sustainable land management and consequently the capacity of land to sustain valuable ecosystem services, so it is important that they be incorporated into monitoring and assessment regimes aimed at combating desertification and land degradation. Systematic surveys can provide standardized information on socio-economic and policy dynamics, supplemented by deeper cause–effect understanding emanating from case studies. Countries increasingly collect geo-referenced socio-economic data as part of regular censuses and surveys; the collection of information relevant to sustainable land management could be efficiently added to those exercises. Geographic information systems analysis and modeling can then link social, economic, and policy data with biophysical data to support decision-making. The identification of typical socio-economic and policy cause–effect patterns is a potential means for summarizing complex human–environmental interactions in more insightful ways. By integrating monitoring techniques based on both local and scientific knowledge, the relevance, accuracy, reliability, and sensitivity of monitoring can be improved. Such integration can also foster mutual commitment and effective joint planning and action between governments and land-users leading to the implementation of effective sustainable land management practices. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.