The Benefits Of Sustainable Land Management

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One out of every three people on earth is in some way affected by land degradation. There are estimates that there are nearly two billion of land degradation worldwide. If you think about it, that is twice the size of China! This includes large areas of cropland, grassland, woodland and forest areas whose degradation reduces productivity, disrupts vital ecosystem functions, negatively affects biodiversity and water resources, and increases vulnerability to climate change. Sustainable land management is crucial to minimizing land degradation, rehabilitating degraded areas and ensuring the optimal use of land resources for the benefit of present and future generations. Sustainable land management (SLM) is to harmonize the goals of providing environmental, economic, and social opportunities for the benefit of present and future generations, while maintaining and enhancing the quality of the land (soil, water and air). Sustainable land management combines technologies, policies, and activities. The more ecologically balanced land management can achieve both economic and environmental benefits. The four common principles of sustainable land management include: land-user-driven and participatory approaches; integrated use of natural resources at ecosystem and farming systems levels; multilevel and multistate holder involvement; and targeted policy and institutional support. There a few different plants that can be used as a cover crops. The two main plants are legumes and grasses
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