From Framework to Action: The DESIRE Approach to Combat Desertification

Hessel, R. and Reed, M.S. and Geeson, N. and Ritsema, C.J. and van Lynden, G. and Karavitis, C.A. and Schwilch, G. and Jetten, V. and Burger, P. and van der Werff ten Bosch, M.J. and Verzandvoort, S. and van den Elsen, E. and Witsenburg, K. (2014) From Framework to Action: The DESIRE Approach to Combat Desertification. Environmental Management, 54 (5). pp. 935-950. ISSN 0364152X (ISSN)

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Abstract

It has become increasingly clear that desertification can only be tackled through a multi-disciplinary approach that not only involves scientists but also stakeholders. In the DESIRE project such an approach was taken. As a first step, a conceptual framework was developed in which the factors and processes that may lead to land degradation and desertification were described. Many of these factors do not work independently, but can reinforce or weaken one another, and to illustrate these relationships sustainable management and policy feedback loops were included. This conceptual framework can be applied globally, but can also be made site-specific to take into account that each study site has a unique combination of bio-physical, socio-economic and political conditions. Once the conceptual framework was defined, a methodological framework was developed in which the methodological steps taken in the DESIRE approach were listed and their logic and sequence were explained. The last step was to develop a concrete working plan to put the project into action, involving stakeholders throughout the process. This series of steps, in full or in part, offers explicit guidance for other organizations or projects that aim to reduce land degradation and desertification. © 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conceptual framework, Desertification mitigation, Land degradation, Methodological framework, Participatory approach, Sustainable land management, Environmental management, Conceptual frameworks, Desertification mitigation, Land degradation, Methodological frameworks, Participatory approach, Sustainable land managements, Climatology, conceptual framework, desertification, feedback mechanism, land degradation, participatory approach, socioeconomic conditions, stakeholder, sustainable development, Article, biodegradation, conceptual framework, desertification, environmental management, environmental planning, land degradation, land use, methodology, politics, socioeconomics, soil erosion, sustainable development, desert climate, ecosystem restoration, human, policy, procedures, program development, theoretical model, trends, Desert Climate, Environmental Restoration and Remediation, Humans, Models, Theoretical, Program Development, Public Policy
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Resilient Environments
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2016 09:38
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2016 09:38
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2030

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