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Impacts of Land Consolidation on Land Degradation

New paper in the Journal of Environmental Management.

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We are pleased to share the publication of a new paper in the Journal of Environmental Management, co-authored by Iris Bohnet from consortium partner CZULS.  Titled "Impacts of Land Consolidation on Land Degradation: A Systematic Review," this research sheds light on the complex dynamics of land consolidation (LC) and its effects on land degradation across various regions and conditions.

Land consolidation is a pivotal tool in rural planning, often touted for its potential to combat land degradation. This systematic review scrutinizes LC projects from diverse global regions, unveiling a significant divide in their approaches and outcomes. 

In areas like Africa and Southeast Asia, LC primarily aims to create larger fields for streamlined management. Conversely, in Europe and China, LC encompasses a broader array of land management measures. The study reveals that LC projects' impact on land degradation is closely tied to their specific designs. Projects lacking integrated land management measures sometimes worsen land degradation, while those with such measures generally yield positive outcomes. 

The study also touches on the challenges of LC, including concerns about property rights and the need for co-financing by governments and NGOs to support local agriculture and prevent land degradation.

The papers’ findings highlight the critical role of strategic planning in harnessing LC's potential to mitigate land degradation effectively, delving into the nuances of LC projects implemented across diverse natural and socio-economic conditions worldwide.

You can read the full paper here.

The Journal of Environmental Management is a peer reviewed journal for the publication of original research related to managing environmental systems and improving environmental quality. 


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