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MEDACTION 4 Informe resumido

Project ID: EVK2-CT-2000-00085
Financiado con arreglo a: FP5-EESD
País: United Kingdom

Expertise on effects of past policies and implications of actor networks on desertification

OVERVIEW:
Policy acts both as driver and potential solution for desertification in areas under investigation. Agricultural policy under the CAP emerges as a key driver for landuse change in the 4 target areas (especially encouraging intensification), with potentially disastrous repercussions for sustainable management of areas already severely affected by desertification. Positive trends are also apparent, especially where conservation and environmental policies have operated in conjunction with strengthened actor networks (i.e. where local stakeholders can actively shape policy formulation and implementation).

POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS:
At EU level, results strengthen the argument for a holistic and integrated desertification policy package that directly addresses desertification problems in Southern Europe through applied policy solutions.

END USERS:
- End users at the EU level will be able to use results to both strengthen the case for a further dismantling of CAP subsidies and to call for a unified and holistic EU desertification policy.
- Local stakeholders will be able to use results to lobby regional and national decision-makers to better target existing and future policies at desertification-related issues, while also providing financial packages that are not aimed at further agricultural intensification but that financially reward sustainable management of desertification-affected areas.

INNOVATIVE FEATURES AND BENEFITS:
This is the first project that highlights policy both as a driver and mitigator of desertification in Southern Europe. The analysis goes beyond traditional instrumental interpretations of policy as the ultimate panacea for desertification and highlights that the policy environment is both reason, as well as solution, for desertification in Southern Europe.

MARKET SECTOR:
There are significant implications of the results for livelihoods and community survival, as past experience shows that wrong policy pathway can engender spiral of decline and depopulation which, in turn, can have severe repercussions for desertification.

POTENTIAL BARRIERS:
The results are only applicable to desertification-affected areas in Southern Europe; the possibility for generalisation to other desertified areas in Europe and beyond still needs to be assessed.

POTENTIAL OFFERED FOR FURTHER DISSEMINATION AND USE:
All results from Module 2 on the effects of past policies on desertification in the 4 target areas will be made available through the internet, as well as through a series of books and other publications (in progress). Results will be available for education, training, collaborative projects and consultancy at the grassroots level in our 4 case study areas, as well as at the regional, national and supra-national EU levels.

PROFILE OF ADDITIONAL PARTNERS FOR FURTHER DISSEMINATION AND USE:
Research groups, consultancies and end-users (such as farmers, local decision-makers, policy-makers) interested in, and affected by, policies affecting landuse decision-making in the 4 target areas; EU and national policy-makers in charge of formulating and implementing policies affecting land use (and thereby desertification) in Southern Europe.

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University of Plymouth
School of Geography, University of Plymouth
PL4 8AA Plymouth
United Kingdom
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