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Manual of key indicators of desertification and mapping environmentally sensitive areas to desertification

Funded under: FP5-EESD


The focus of the EC MEDALUS project is primarily on European Mediterranean environments where physical loss of soil by water erosion, and the associated loss of soil nutrient status, is identified as the dominant problem. Regions at Risk must first be identified, based on international source materials (remotely sensed images, topographic data etc), which may be used as a base-line for allocation of funds and expertise between countries and between regions in a country. Within these, the identification of Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESAs) is proposed through a multi-factor approach based on both a general and a local knowledge of the environmental processes acting. Finally, local remediation or mitigation action plans are needed, where the interplay of physical needs and socio-economic possibilities becomes dominant. The work focuses on the choice of appropriate indicators at the European/National (RDI) and Regional (ESAs) scales, and illustrates their application to identifying ESAs for three target areas, in Greece (the island of Lesvos), Italy (the Agri basin in Basilicata), and Portugal (Alentejo region).

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Authors: KOSMAS, EI, JRC-Ispra (IT);KIRBY M, EI, JRC-Ispra (IT);GEESON N (EDITORS), EI, JRC-Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18882 EN (1999), 87pp.
Availability: Available from OOPEC Sales agents
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-6349-2
Record Number: 199911256 / Last updated on: 1999-08-27
Original language: en
Available languages: en