Global desertification: building a science for dryland development

TitleGlobal desertification: building a science for dryland development
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsReynolds JF, D. Smith MStafford, Lambin EF, Turner, II B.L., Mortimore M, Batterbury SPJ, Downing TE, Dowlatabadi H, Fernández RJ, Herrick JE, Huber-Sannwald E, Jiang H, Leemans R, Lynam T, Maestre FT, Ayarza M, Walker B
JournalScience
Volume316
Pagination847-851
Date Published2007
Accession NumberJRN00477
ARIS Log Number205399
KeywordsDDP, degradation, desertification, development, Drylands Development Paradigm, global
Abstract

In this millennium, global drylands face a myriad of problems that present tough research, management, and policy challenges. Recent advances in dryland development, however, together with the integrative approaches of global change and sustainability science, suggest that concerns about land degradation, poverty, safeguarding biodiversity, and protecting the culture of 2.5 billion people can be confronted with renewed optimism. We review recent lessons about the functioning of dryland ecosystems and the livelihood systems of their human residents and introduce a new synthetic framework, the Drylands Development Paradigm (DDP). The DDP, supported by a growing and well-documented set of tools for policy and management action, helps navigate the inherent complexity of desertification and dryland development, identifying and synthesizing those factors important to research, management, and policy communities.

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DOI10.1126/science.1131634