Title: Land-Productivity Dynamics in Europe Towards Valuation of Land Degradation in the EU
Authors: CHERLET MichaelIVITS-WASSER EvaSOMMER StefanTOTH GergelyJONES ArwynMONTANARELLA LucaBELWARD Alan
Publisher: European Commission
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC80540
ISBN: 978-92-79-35427-4
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 26500
OP LB-NA-26500-EN-N
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC80540
DOI: 10.2788/70673
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: This document reported first results on the assessment and evaluation of land‐productivity dynamics and showed initial examples on the added value of integrating contextual information. Such information that is needed to derive final judgments related to the land degradation situation in contribution to the implementation of the RIO+20 target of a ‘land degradation neutral world’. We documented that, based on satellite time-series observations; the dynamics of the land-productivity can be mapped for the EU27. Using this basis information to analyze incidence with potential drivers of land degradation, such as unsustainable exploitation or e.g. soil erosion, to compile convergence of evidence allows interpreting the land‐productivity dynamics in the light of identifying and mapping on-going land degradation. This spatial evaluation also highlighted that, in the frame of the ‘neutral land degradation world’ discussion, area percentages of decline and increase In land-productivity cannot straightforwardly be counterbalanced as these areas can have totally different actual and optional Land uses as well as economic and cultural values.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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