Desertification, land degradation and drought


Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Systems, Encyclopedia of the World`s Biomes, 2020

This book chapter addresses goals 15, 13 and 11 by discussing how deserts are biodiverse places where life thrives in the extreme.
This journal article addresses goals 13 and 15 by estimating the current and future extinction crisis in terrestrial ecoregions caused by habitat destruction and relating this pattern to current conservation efforts.
This journal article addresses goals 14 and 15 by proposing a decision-theoretical framework to better achieve components of Aichi Target 11 (expand protected areas, improve representation of conservation features, and manage protected areas better), adding summaries of current system states within our framework and recent evidence-based guidelines on allocating resources between states.

One Earth Perspective, Volume 1, ISSUE 2, P202-215, October 25, 2019

This article addresses goals 16, 12, and 15 by discussing the Initiative for the Integration of the Regional Infrastructure of South America, or IIRSA, and presenting results of a projection analysis showing that IIRSA could push the Amazonian forest past a “tipping point,” degrading biodiversity, reducing carbon storage, and harming continental agriculture.
Linking to SDGs 6 (clean water and sanitation), 12 (responsible consumption and production) and 17 (partnerships for the goals), this website catalogues and facilitates water stewardship projects in river basins and regions around the world.
Elsevier, the global information and analytics business specializing in science and health, is making over 5,000 subscription articles on climate change freely available for a test period. The articles contribute knowledge to advance Goal 13, Climate Action and are available through Mendeley, the reference manager and academic social network.

Current Directions in Water Scarcity Research, Volume 2, 2019, Pages 195-210

This book chapter addresses goals 1, 8 and 15 by focusing on rainfall index, which links insurance payouts to historical rainfall data from reliable weather gauging stations, and how it relates to crop and livestock losses. The system works in such a way that if the data shows that the rainfall amount is below the threshold, the insurance pays out. If implemented effectively, it has the potential to revolutionise access to formal insurance by smallholders.
This book chapter addresses goals 6, 8 and 13 by documenting experiences that many dryland agricultural regions can expect to encounter in coming decades as changing climate, demographic characteristics, and socioeconomic factors take hold.

Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Volume 13, October 2018, Pages 158-163.

This article contributes to goals 2 and 9 by detailing the importance of crop protection chemicals and the role of green and sustainable chemistry in their development.
A John Deere tractor pulling a direct drill through a field of stubble
Direct drilling - where the ground is not ploughed before a new crop is established - helps conserve soil moisture and structure and prevents wind erosion. Switching to direct drilling, or "no-till", can therefore bring big savings in labour and machinery costs. However does this translate to better gross margins? A benchmarking study, which compared no-till with more conventional approach, suggest there are savings to be made despite dips in yield. This supports SDG12: Responsible Consumption and Production.