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Record number 931206
Title The price of soil erosion : an economic evaluation of soil conservation and watershed development
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Jan de Graaff
Author(s) Graaff, J. de
Publisher [S.l. : s.n.]
Publication year 1996
Description XII, 300 p ill
Description 1 online resource (XII, 300 p) ill
Series title Mansholt studies (ISSN 1383-6803 ; 3)
Notes Met lit. opg. - Met een samenvatting in het Frans en Nederlandsshow all notes
Proefschrift Wageningen
Ook verschenen als handelsuitgave
ISBN 9054855606; 9067544604
Tutors Kuyvenhoven, Dr. A. ; Stroosnijder, Dr. Ir. L.
Graduation date 1996-09-18
Dissertation no. 2137
Author abstract show abstract
Soil erosion by water is the principal cause of land degradation, and a major constraint to agricultural development in developing countries. In semi-arid zones measures have to be taken to reduce on-site soil, water and nutrient losses and in sub-humid mountainous zones the focus should also be on reducing sedimentation of reservoirs and on other downstream effects. Soil conservation and watershed development activities and projects are hard to evaluate, since neither their effects nor their beneficiaries can be easily detected. Methods are developed to identify potential participants and to assess on-site and downstream effects of conservation measures, by using water and nutrient balances and yield response functions. In the evaluation of these projects cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and multi-criteria analysis (MCA) can complement each other. The efficiency of the projects can be conveniently assessed with CBA, when the effects can be quantified and valued. And MCA can be used to assess scores on non-monetary attributes of the efficiency, equity and conservation criteria, and to show how conflicting objectives of different actors affect the scores.
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Keyword(s) erosion control / water conservation / soil conservation / investment / cost benefit analysis / economic evaluation / developing countries
Categories Development Economics / Land degradation & Land conservation / Land Development (General)
Publication type PhD thesis
Language English
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