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Record number 509165
Title Assessing the effectiveness of sustainable land management policies for combating desertification : A data mining approach
Author(s) Salvati, L.; Kosmas, C.; Kairis, O.; Karavitis, C.; Acikalin, S.; Belgacem, A.; Solé-Benet, A.; Chaker, M.; Fassouli, V.; Gokceoglu, C.; Gungor, H.; Hessel, R.; Khatteli, H.; Kounalaki, A.; Laouina, A.; Ocakoglu, F.; Ouessar, M.; Ritsema, C.; Sghaier, M.; Sonmez, H.; Taamallah, H.; Tezcan, L.; Vente, J. de; Kelly, C.; Colantoni, A.; Carlucci, M.
Source Journal of Environmental Management 183 (2016)3. - ISSN 0301-4797 - p. 754 - 762.
Department(s) Soil Physics and Land Management
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) Human pressure - Indicators - Mediterranean region - Multivariate statistics - Response assemblage

This study investigates the relationship between fine resolution, local-scale biophysical and socioeconomic contexts within which land degradation occurs, and the human responses to it. The research draws on experimental data collected under different territorial and socioeconomic conditions at 586 field sites in five Mediterranean countries (Spain, Greece, Turkey, Tunisia and Morocco). We assess the level of desertification risk under various land management practices (terracing, grazing control, prevention of wildland fires, soil erosion control measures, soil water conservation measures, sustainable farming practices, land protection measures and financial subsidies) taken as possible responses to land degradation. A data mining approach, incorporating principal component analysis, non-parametric correlations, multiple regression and canonical analysis, was developed to identify the spatial relationship between land management conditions, the socioeconomic and environmental context (described using 40 biophysical and socioeconomic indicators) and desertification risk. Our analysis identified a number of distinct relationships between the level of desertification experienced and the underlying socioeconomic context, suggesting that the effectiveness of responses to land degradation is strictly dependent on the local biophysical and socioeconomic context. Assessing the latent relationship between land management practices and the biophysical/socioeconomic attributes characterizing areas exposed to different levels of desertification risk proved to be an indirect measure of the effectiveness of field actions contrasting land degradation.

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