Unravelling desertification: Policies and actor networks in by G. A. Wilson, Meri Juntti

By G. A. Wilson, Meri Juntti

This ebook analyses techniques of desertification from a social technological know-how point of view, and unravels the coverage with regards to drivers of desertification. Desertification is addressed either as an idea surrounded by way of a large number of alternative discourses and as a tangible unsustainable technique that's attached to a posh set of rules and altering land administration practices. the focal point should be on Southern Europe, the place desertification has been a long-standing challenge in lots of components, and the place in a few locations the lack of effective capability has worsened significantly during the last few a long time. by means of targeting 4 particular case learn components in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece, the scope of the ebook will conceal the 'human size' of desertification, exploring particularly how the framework of current regulations has affected land administration judgements and desertification procedures. The emphasis could be on how guidelines can have contributed to desertification relief and mitigation, in addition to to a worsening of desertification strategies. by utilizing an actor-network process, the publication in particular investigates the significance of networks of actors that form the character and course of guidelines that impact desertification tactics. during this feel, this ebook goals at supplying a primary look into the complicated coverage, monetary and socio-cultural networks that function on the neighborhood, local and nationwide degrees in components of Southern Europe suffering from desertification, and to examine how those networks prevent, or advertise, the implementation of regulations aimed toward assuaging the specter of desertification. With its huge remit, this fascinating publication will entice many alternative audiences, not just together with teachers and scholars of assorted disciplines (including, for instance, geography, environmental administration, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences, coverage reviews, environmental politics, etc.), but additionally practitioners on the neighborhood, local (Mediterranean) and foreign (e.g. european) spatial degrees in various fields comparable to environmental and agricultural policymaking, agricultural extension prone, farming enterprises, environmental NGOs, media representatives and plenty of different environmental stakeholder teams

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As this book will show, in Southern Europe the main factor of desertification is the intensification of agriculture and the expansion of irrigated lands (Puigdefábregas and Mendizabal, 1998). However, as the remaining chapters of this book illustrate, agricultural intensification is only the tip of the iceberg in the complex web of interests and interactions governing land management. Most irrigation developments are supported by large financial and technological investments and accompanied by large population movements (including non-EU immigrants in the case of Spain).

Implemented jointly by the World Bank and the United Nations Development and Environment Programmes, the GEF brings together 173 member governments - working in partnership with the private sector, NGOs, and international institutions - to address complex environmental issues, while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. The decision to make the GEF the financial mechanism of the UNCCD will not only raise the profile Unravelling desertification 37 2. Desertification and policies: the global, European and national arenas of desertification as a major issue, but will also allow countries to access new resources for implementing anti-desertification projects beyond those channelled via the above-mentioned Global Mechanism.

A. 4 Nature, networks and interpretative power In this final section of the introduction, we wish to briefly investigate broader aspects related to the need for an inclusion of social science and thickly textured investigations of desertification processes. 3 can be seen as a reflection of wider trends taking place in policy, as well as academic, discourse. g. Buttel, 2001), shifting focus onto the social context of studied issues, are explicit. They can be seen to have led to the restructuration of much of the conventional analytical and conceptual framework of the enquiry into environmental and policy-related issues.

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