Dryland Degradation and Expansion: Implications for Mexican Policies from the Earth System Perspective

Lopez Porras, Gabriel (2021) Dryland Degradation and Expansion: Implications for Mexican Policies from the Earth System Perspective. Environmental Policy and Law, 51 (3). pp. 197-200. ISSN 0378-777X

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.3233/EPL-201024

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Abstract

Despite international efforts to stop dryland degradation and expansion, current dryland pathways are predicted to
result in large-scale migration, growing poverty and famine, and increasing climate change, land degradation, conflicts and water scarcity. Earth system science has played a key role in analysing dryland problems, and has been even incorporated in global assessments such as the ones made by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. However, policies addressing dryland degradation, like the ‘Mexican programme for the promotion of sustainable land management’, do not embrace an Earth system perspective, so they do not consider the complexity and non-linearity that underlie dryland problems. By exploring how this Mexican programme could integrate the Earth system perspective, this paper discusses how ’Earth system’ policies could better address dryland degradation and expansion in the Anthropocene.

Keywords:Earth system law, Earth system science, Anthropocene, Drylands, Environmental policy, Environmental law
Subjects:M Law > M900 Others in Law
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Law School
ID Code:46663
Deposited On:16 Dec 2021 10:11

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