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Sustainable land management for Mitigating land degradation: Lessons from the SLaM project experience in Ghana


Edited by Edwin A. Gyasi, Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic and William Oduro

Contact: Dr. Edwin Gyasi:

Working Paper (PDF, 8.7MB)

This book is about sustainable management of land, a fundamental life-support natural resource.

Across the world, the land is under threat of degradation by natural and, especially, anthropogenic forces, foremostly inappropriate land use practices fuelled by pressures of population growth, affluence, poverty, and a lack of knowledge of sustainable land management.

Against this background, the mainly GEF-funded UNU-supported Ghana Government project, ‘Sustainable  Land Management for Mitigating Land Degradation, Enhancing Agricultural Biodiversity and Reducing Poverty (SLaM)’, sought to contribute to the search for possible solutions to the problem through experimentation spanning four years (April 2005 – March 2008) in Ghana, where degradation of the land poses a very severe threat, especially to natural ecosystems integrity, and to agriculture, the pivot of the national economy. Towards this purpose, the project developed and followed a participatory methodology that involved scientists working in collaboration with farmers and other stakeholders including government agricultural extension agents in selected focal village communities.

The book shares the SLaM experience in sustainable land management with special reference to capacity enhancement and development, dissemination and mainstreaming of good/best practices. It would appeal to scholars, planners and  managers  as well as formulators and disseminators of policy of natural resources, above all the land.

Table of contents

Part 1: Background to slaM, an Innovative Project in Sustainable Development

  • Chapter 1: The threat of land degradation, theoretical perspectives and book objective
  • Chapter 2: Ghana, the focal country, and the SLaM goal, objectives, and planned outputs
  • Chapter 3: The project areas

Part 2: Project Implementation and Analytical Methodologies

  • Chapter 4:General Methodological Framework and Database Organisation
  • Chapter 5: Spotting degraded land: The SLaM methodology
  • Chapter 6: Paving the way for interventions for combating and pre-empting the land degradation
  • Chapter 7: A methodology for tracking changes and impacts associated with the SLaM interventions

Part 3: Project Findings and Other Ourcomes: Root Causes of Land Degradation, Changes and Impacts, Best Practices

  • Chapter 8: Root causes of the land degradation
  • Chapter 9: Impacts of the SLaM interventions towards sustainable land management with special reference to capacity development
  • Chapter 10: The identified good practices in land management and removal of barriers to their adoption

Part 4: Conclusion

  • Chapter 11: Summary of project impacts, lessons and challenges, and way forward