Soils

Land is our lifeline on this planet. Yet "business as usual" in how we manage land resources puts our own future on planet Earth in jeopardy, with half of humanity already facing the impacts of land degradation. The…

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The World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies – WOCAT – has been promoting sustainable land management (SLM) for nearly three decades. A global database was set up in 1995, underpinned by a standardised…

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Since 2011, the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative has been making the economic case for investing in sustainable land management to prevent and restore soil degradation around the world. For one thing is…

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The African Union wants to create new prospects for the people of the Sahel and halt desertification with a Great Green Wall. But halfway through the time envisaged for the concept, the ambitious initiative is not yet…

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It’s been nearly 15 years since a vanguard of African countries first committed to restore degraded farms, forests, grasslands and other ecosystems through the Great Green Wall movement. Salima Mahamoudou, a Research…

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May 2022 marked the 10th anniversary of the endorsement of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT). Our authors provide examples from various countries to…

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In 2015, UN member States endorsed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and committed to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a 15-year period. More than a dozen land-related indicators were…

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Without doubt, the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT) have promoted development and uptake of global and regional land policy frameworks and guidelines. But what about implementation on…

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Increasing pressure on farming systems has severely affected soil health and fertility. Biochar, a multifunctional carbon material, is being actively explored globally for simultaneously addressing the concerns related…

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The Tibetan highlands have a special significance both as a grazing ecosystem and global carbon store. Furthermore, they play a key role in the formation of the monsoon and supply of potable water for a fifth of the…

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