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Michael Stocking & Niamh Murnaghan
Overseas Development Group
University of East Anglia
Norwich, UK

Advised by:
Anna Tengberg
United Nations Environment Programme
Nairobi, Kenya
Geoff Humphreys
Macquarie University
Sydney, Australia

Co-operating Institutions:

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
United Nations University (UNU)
People, Land Management and Environmental Change Project (PLEC)
Department for International Development (DFID)
Overseas Development Group/University of East Anglia (ODG/UEA)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Royal Government of Norway

Please note that all files are in both Word and PDF formats. Select one of two icons to download the file to your computer or view it directly. For purchase of a hard copy, please see the flyer below.

Title page PDF file 10KB
Table of Contents PDF file 26KB
Chapter 1
Gaining a Farmer-Perspective on Land Degradation PDF file 119KB
Chapter 2
What is Land Degradation? PDF file 367KB
Chapter 3
What about the Land User? PDF file 249KB
Chapter 4
Indicators of Soil Loss PDF file 807KB
Chapter 5
Indicators of Production Constraints PDF file 268KB
Chapter 6
Combining Indicators PDF file 321KB
Chapter 7
Consequences of Land Degradation for Land Users PDF file 257KB
Chapter 8
The Benefits of Conservation PDF file 106KB
Appendix I
Visual Indicators of Land Degradation PDF file 17KB
Appendix II
Forms for Field Measurement PDF file 42KB
Appendix III
Glossary-Terms Closely Related to Assessment of Land Degradation PDF file 13KB
Appendix IV
Annotated Bibliography PDF file 30KB
Appendix V
Major Tropical Soils and their Susceptibility to Land Degradation PDF file 13KB
Appendix VI
Investment Appraisal PDF file 20KB

Handbook for the Field Assessment of Land Degradation
Michael A Stocking and Niamh Murnaghan

This practical handbook sets out rapid and non-technical methods for measuring and assessing land degradation in the field. Stocking and Murnaghan demonstrate these by using indicators that are relevant and applicable to real farming situations. In addition to the methodology, the handbook considers the interpretation of the measurements, looking in particular at how combinations of different indicators can give robust conclusions as to the severity of land degradation. There is a strong emphasis on the importance of these technologies in contributing towards environmental protection policies and for the well-being of rural land users.

By the provision of worked examples and field notes for specific techniques this manual will be invaluable for professionals in natural resources and as a training manual for the field-workers in NGOs, governments and other institutions. Pb 25.00 1 85383 831 4

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