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Land degradation and climate change: Building climate resilience in agriculture

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Mark Reed



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Wiley-Blackwell, 2017.

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© The Ecological Society of America. Land degradation and climate change pose enormous risks to global food security. Land degradation increases the vulnerability of agroecological systems to climate change and reduces the effectiveness of adaptation options. Yet these interactions have largely been omitted from climate impact assessments and adaptation planning. We examine how land degradation can influence climate-change impacts and the adaptive capacity of crop and livestock producers across agroecological systems. We then present novel strategies for climate-resilient agriculture that support opportunities to integrate responses to these challenges. Forward-looking, climate-resilient agriculture requires: (1) incorporation of land degradation processes, and their linkages with adaptive capacity, into adaptation planning; (2) identification of key vulnerabilities to prioritize adaptation responses; (3) improved knowledge exchange across local to global scales to support strategies for developing the adaptive capacity of producers; and (4) innovative management and policy options that provide multiple "wins" for land, climate, and biodiversity, thus enabling global development and food security goals to be achieved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Webb NP, Marshall NA, Stringer LC, Reed MS, Chappell A, Herrick JE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Year: 2017

Volume: 15

Issue: 8

Pages: 450-459

Print publication date: 01/10/2017

Online publication date: 05/09/2017

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Date deposited: 30/01/2018

ISSN (print): 1540-9295

ISSN (electronic): 1540-9309

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1002/fee.1530


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