A framework for scaling sustainable land management options

Thomas, R and Reed, M and Clifton, K and Appadurai, N and Mills, A and Zucca, C and Kodsi, E and Sircely, J and Haddad, F and Hagen, C and Mapedza, E and Woldearegay, K and Shalander, K and Bellon, M and Le, Q and Mabikke, S and Alexander, S and Leu, S and Schlingloff, S and Lala-Pritchard, T and Mares, V and Quiroz, R (2018) A framework for scaling sustainable land management options. Land Degradation & Development (TSI). pp. 1-13. ISSN 10853278

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Improvements in land use and management are needed at a global scale to tackle interconnected global challenges of population growth, poverty, migration, climate change, biodiversity loss, and degrading land and water resources. There are hundreds of technical options for improving the sustainability of land management and preventing or reversing degradation, but there are many sociocultural, institutional, economic, and policy barriers hindering their adoption at large scale. To tackle this challenge, the Dryland Systems Program of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification convened an expert group to consider barriers and incentives to scaling technologies, processes, policies, or institutional arrangements. The group reviewed existing frameworks for scaling sustainable land management (SLM) interventions across a range of contexts and identified eight critical actions for success: (a) plan iteratively; (b) consistently fund; (c) select SLM options for scaling based on best available evidence; (d) identify and engage with stakeholders at all scales; (e) build capacity for scaling; (f) foster institutional leadership and policy change to support scaling; (g) achieve early benefits and incentives for as many stakeholders as possible; and (h) monitor, evaluate, and communicate. Incentives for scaling were identified for the private sector, farmers and their communities, and policy makers. Based on these findings, a new action framework for scaling is presented that analyses the contexts where specific SLM interventions can be scaled, so that SLM options can be screened and adapted to these contexts, piloted and disseminated. The framework can help countries achieve land degradation neutrality.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD)
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems
CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC)
Uncontrolled Keywords: land, management, options, scaling, sustainable, case studies, sustainable land management, SLM interventions
Subjects: Others > Sustainable Agriculture
Others > Drylands Agriculture
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2018 08:43
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2018 08:43
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/10833
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ldr.3080
Projects: SOILCARE project
Funders: European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Grant/Award Number: 677407;
Acknowledgement: We thank the UNCCD and the donors of the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems for financial support. Reed is funded by the SOILCARE project, which has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant 677407. Marah Al Malalha is thanked for organization of the workshop and preparing the case studies for Figure S1.
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