Lead author of the ELD report

Mesfin Tilahun Gelaye, post doc reasearcher at the School of Economics and Business, is a lead co-author of the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative Report 2015 on "The Economics of Land Degradation in Africa".

Lead author of the ELD report

ELD Report
ELD Report 2015
Land degradation and desertification (LDD) is one of the world’s greatest environmental challenges. It is estimated that desertification affects about 33 per cent of the global land surface and that over the past 40 years, erosion has removed nearly one-third of the world’s arable land from production.

Africa is particularly vulnerable to land degradation and desertification and is the most severely affected. Desertification affects around 45 per cent of Africa’s land area, with 55 per cent of this area at high or very high risk of further degradation.

The report reviews the regional level data on the economic costs of soil erosion related to land degradation.

It also analyzes the limitations and challenges of using such data and the discrepancies emerging from various methodologies. It also delves into the methodological approach utilized for regional level estimates and the cost benefit analysis of taking action against soil- erosion-induced nutrient losses on arable lands used for cereal production, which is one aspect of land degradation.

The ELD Report on "The Economics of Land Degradation in Africa" can be obtained here.

Published 6. October 2015 - 14:09 - Updated 23. May 2017 - 19:18