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Theme 3: The economics of soil erosion control and restoration of eroded land


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Mr. David Lobb, Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils, Canada. Global Symposium on Soil Erosion (GSER19), 15 - 17 May 2019 at FAO HQ.

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Theme 3: The economics of soil erosion control and restoration of eroded land

  1. 1. The economics of soil erosion prevention, management and remediation David Lobb, ITPS 1 Theme 3:
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  3. 3. 3 Theme 3: List of Contributors
  4. 4. 4 Theme 3: Table of Contents
  5. 5. 5 Theme 3: Core Questions 1. What are the associated costs of soil erosion for agriculture, based on the cost of one ton of soil loss? 2. What are the direct costs associated with loss of soil (either qualitative of quantitative) for the supply of agricultural services and the indirect costs to the environment and human infrastructures?
  6. 6. 6 Theme 3: Core Questions 3. Are the costs of implementing soil erosion control practices offset by current and future benefits of more, or more profitable, production? 4. What technologies, innovations or approaches exist to decrease the costs of implementing soil erosion control practices compared to that of conventional soil management?
  7. 7. 7 Theme 3: Expected Outcomes The expected specific outcome for Theme 3 is to propose a cost-benefit analysis of erosion and erosion prevention, remediation, and mitigation practices, following a ‘tiered approach’, with: Tier 1: Guidance for evaluating costs of erosion and economic assessment of soil erosion management practices as a flowchart; Tier 2: Erosion-specific template providing an on-line (and off-line) tool and guidance for people to calculate the cost-benefit of erosion management activities in their specific situation.
  8. 8. 8 Theme 3: Gaps & Challenges 1. Choice of relevant indicators for Tier 1 and Tier 2 and valuation method to be used for each selected indicator 2. Time-frame of the cost-benefit assessment 3. Role of policies and socio-economic factors in the economic assessment 4. Scope of analysis 5. Should examples of payment/compensation to farmers be added to the study? 6. Taking into account interactions between different types of erosion
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