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Cover for Carbon sequestration, land degradation and water.

This paper focuses on two environmental issues on which the Kyoto Protocol treaty, and CDM-AR projects in particular, may have direct environmental impacts: ongoing human-induced land degradation, and the water-use implications of carbon sequestration projects. An overview is given of...

Author(s)
Trabucco, A.; Bossio, D.; Straaten, O. van
ISBN
2008 CABI (H ISBN 9781845933876)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Bright spots: pathways to ensuring food security and environmental integrity.

This chapter presents an assessment of the global extent of bright spots, which focuses on quantifying yield improvements in productivity associated with the adoption of cost-effective technologies that enhance the performance of production systems with a move towards more sustainable farming...

Author(s)
Noble, A.; Bossio, D.; Pretty, J.; Vries, F. P. de
ISBN
2008 CABI (H ISBN 9781845933876)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Ecosystem benefits of 'bright' spots.

Bright spots are, by definition, cases where local food production has been improved primarily through resource-conserving agricultural techniques, which inlude: integrated pest management, integrated nutrient management, conservation tillage, agroforestry, aquaculture, water harvesting and...

Author(s)
Bossio, D.; Noble, A.; Aloysius, N.; Pretty, J.; Vries, F. P. de
ISBN
2008 CABI (H ISBN 9781845933876)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Conserving land, protecting water.

This volume follows from a project of the Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture that brought together experts in fields ranging across the social sciences, ecology, agricultural sciences, soil and water science, political science and development studies to examine examples of...

Author(s)
Bossio, D.; Geheb, K.
ISBN
2008 CABI (H ISBN 9781845933876)
Type
Book
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Learning from bright spots to enhance food security and to combat degradation of water and land resources.

This paper analyses processes in relation to four major zones: headwaters, plains, urban areas and coastal areas, which cover five ecosystems. The processes and their management are quite different among these zones and systems. Fortunately, there are also 'bright spots', where degradation has been ...

Author(s)
Vries, F. P. de; Acquay, H.; Molden, D.; Scherr, S.; Valentin, C.; Cofie, O.
ISBN
2008 CABI (H ISBN 9781845933876)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Land degradation and water productivity in agricultural landscapes.

This paper reviews a range of studies and concepts regarding options for improving water productivity through improved land management that mitigates soil degradation, and aims to highlight its importance as part of a comprehensive strategy to address global water scarcity. The focus is primarily...

Author(s)
Bossio, D.; Noble, A.; Molden, D.; Nangia, V.
ISBN
2008 CABI (H ISBN 9781845933876)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Large-scale fluxes of crop nutrients in food cause environmental problems at sources and at sinks.

The important issue of urban impacts on land and water degradation in the form of large-scale nutrient fluxes is elaborated. Topics covered include: nutrient losses at the sources: soil mining; international trade in food and feed; problems at the sinks: urban food water concentrations and...

Author(s)
Vries, F. P. de
ISBN
2008 CABI (H ISBN 9781845933876)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Land degradation, ecosystem services and resilience of smallholder farmers in Makanya catchment, Tanzania.

This paper looks at how Makanya's (Tanzania) people coped with the two consecutive low rainfall seasons in 2005 and 2006, in terms of food security and food self-sufficiency. Focus is given on the role of local ecosystems in providing important livelihood services during this type of drought.

Author(s)
Gordon, L. J.; Enfors, E. I.
ISBN
2008 CABI (H ISBN 9781845933876)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for The political ecologies of bright spots.

This chapter introduces the concept of political ecology and its relationship to how land is used and managed, which is expected to deal with the ways in which politics shapes resource use along a 'chain of explanation'. The chapter focuses on politics as a means of gaining, increasing and...

Author(s)
Geheb, K.; Mapedza, E.
ISBN
2008 CABI (H ISBN 9781845933876)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Local innovation in 'green water' management.

This chapter examines indigenous environmental knowledge in relation to green water management, and particularly where this takes the form of local innovation in response to problems. Some of the technologies covered include: mulching; no-till farming; home gardens; terrace systems; living barrier...

Author(s)
Critchley, W.; Negi, G.; Brommer, M.
ISBN
2008 CABI (H ISBN 9781845933876)
Type
Book chapter

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