Global desertification:building a science for dryland development

Reynolds, J.F. and Stafford-Smith, D.M. and Lambin, E and Turner II, B.L. and Mortimore, Michael J. and Batterbury, Simon and Downing, T.E. and Dowlatabadi, H. and Fernandez, R.J. and Herrick, J.E. and Huber-Sannwald, E. and Jiang, H. and Leemans, R. and Lynam, T. and Maestre, F. and Walker, Brian and Ayarza, M. (2007) Global desertification:building a science for dryland development. Science, 316 (5826). pp. 847-851. ISSN 0036-8075

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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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