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Volume 2, issue 2
SOIL, 2, 129–134, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-129-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
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SOIL, 2, 129–134, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-129-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Short communication 14 Apr 2016

Short communication | 14 Apr 2016

Zero net livelihood degradation – the quest for a multidimensional protocol to combat desertification

Marcos H. Easdale Marcos H. Easdale
  • Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA), EEA Bariloche, Área de Desarrollo Rural, Av. Modesta Victoria 4450, 8400 Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina

Abstract. The concept of Zero Net Land Degradation was recently proposed as the basis for a future protocol for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification to reduce global dryland degradation. It aims at reducing the rate of land degradation and increasing the rate of restoration of already degraded land. Whereas there is recognition of the socio-economic contexts that underlie degradation processes, there is a narrow focus on land and soil as the end core that needs to be protected. In particular, there is an essential human dimension to the sustainability of drylands that should be adequately tackled. In order to provide a wider perspective of the zero net degradation in drylands, I suggest considering the different livelihoods of rural households as a framework that encompasses the multidimensional perspective of desertification as a complex social–ecological problem. The scientific community must develop and apply the zero net livelihood degradation as an enhanced protocol to combat desertification that should foster sustainable livelihood outcomes rather than only sustainable land practices or soil management.

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Zero Net Land Degradation (ZNLD) was proposed as a new global protocol to combat desertification. This framework aims at reducing the rate of global land degradation and increasing the rate of restoration of already degraded land. However, there is a narrow focus on land and soil, while an essential human dimension to the sustainability of drylands is lacking and should be more adequately tackled. I propose a complementary perspective based on the sustainable livelihood approach.
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