Alleviating land degradation

Arresting causes of land degradation
Mitigating land depletion
Most countries are experiencing serious land degradation, directly or indirectly associated with deforestation, drought, floods, cultivation of marginal land, overgrazing and poor range management, overpumping of aquifers, alkalinization of soils, volcanic eruptions, and a number of other occurrences that remove, impair or render useless soils and their beneficial vegetation and organisms. Desertification, erosion, siltation, land subsidence and even climatic changes may follow.

This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities. Agenda 21 recommends developing and implementing programmes to remove and resolve the physical, social and economic causes of land degradation, such as land tenure, appropriate trading systems and agricultural pricing structures, which lead to inappropriate land-use management.

Decreasing land
Land type/use
Type Classification:
D: Detailed strategies