Restoring Degraded Lands

Restoring Degraded Lands

Achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals

1st Edition - February 28, 2023

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  • Editors: P.C. Abhilash, Sheikh Edrisi, Pradeep Dubey, Vishal Tripathi, Pankaj Srivastava, Amitava Rakshit
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323999250

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Restoring Degraded Lands: Achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals addresses the challenges for researchers and policymakers in environmental management and sustainability in identifying, characterizing, and classifying degradation phenomena occurring in terrestrial landscapes. It presents accounts of degradation processes, site-specific strategies for revitalization, and socio-economic and climate impacts of sustainable management. Through the latest research from experts in the field and global case studies, Restoring Degraded Lands offers strategies for revitalizing degraded lands (SDG 15), explores the impact of restoration on socioeconomics of the local population (SDGs 8 and 10) and presets approaches for sustainable land management (SDGs 7, 8, and 13). These strategies provide a framework for eco-restoration that takes into account ecological, environmental, and social well-being.

Key Features

  • Presents global trends in the land degradation process and their drivers
  • Offers a holistic approach in categorizing types of land degradation and addressing them with site-specific advanced restoration technologies and measures
  • Examines multidimensional advantages of restoring degraded lands, including mitigating climate change Explores various impacts of revitalization approaches on the basic socioeconomics of the local population and developing a suitable action plan for sustainable management


Researchers, environmental managers, and policymakers in sustainability and remediation; Researchers and practitioners in soil and agriculture

Table of Contents

  • I. Introduction
    1. Global land degradation: A state of the art
    2. Land degradation, societal development and UN-SDGs
    3. Facilitating land restoration during the UN-Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

    II. Processes and characteristics of land degradation
    4. Different processes of land degradation
    5. Characteristics and mechanisms in degraded lands due to salinity
    6. Marginal and degraded lands under arid regions: Challenges and opportunities
    7. Drivers and mechanisms of Land desertification: Current trends and challenges
    8. Assessing the mechanisms and cycling of contaminants in different contaminated sites

    III. Land restoration practices on degraded lands for sustainable development
    9. Practices for restoring the degraded lands: A state of the art
    10. Ecological considerations in restoring marginal and degraded lands
    11. Societal deliberations of restoration initiatives on marginal and degraded lands
    12. Economic considerations in restoring marginal and degraded lands

    IV. Eco-restoration of degraded lands for building bio based economy
    13. Eco-restoration of degraded lands for biomass and biofuel production
    14. Prospects & promises for suitable and sustainable agricultural practices
    15. Developing degraded lands for harnessing various ecosystem and value-added services

    V. Policy aspects and framework design for eco-restoration of degraded lands
    16. Global policies for current degraded lands exploration and exploitation
    17. Policy development and amendments for the eco-restoration of degraded lands
    18. Suitable framework design for the eco-restoration of degraded lands
    19. Nature-based solutions for restoring degraded lands for sustainable development

    IV. Case studies
    20. Revisiting land degradation status, management and policy intervention - Indian context
    21. Community based restoration of degraded forests in Columbia
    22. The effect of fire on land degradation in Australia
    23. The effect of coal mining on land degradation in Canada
    24. Restoration strategies for degraded land due to emerging pollutants in Kenya
    25. Sustainable agricultural practices employed in lesser Himalayan region
    26. Forest landscape restoration in Indonesia

Product details

  • No. of pages: 600
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2023
  • Published: February 28, 2023
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323999250

About the Editors

P.C. Abhilash

Purushothaman C. Abhilash is a Senior Assistant Professor of Sustainability Science in the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development (IESD) at Banaras Hindu University. He also leads the Agroecosystem Specialist Group of IUCN-Commission on Ecosystem Management. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India. His research interest lies in various inventive methods for restoring marginal, degraded, and polluted lands for regaining ecosystem services. He is particularly interested in system sustainability, circular economy principles, policy realignment, and the localization of UN-SDGs for sustainable development. He is part of the editorial board of prestigious journals on Ecology, Environment, and Sustainable Development, and also serves as a subject expert for UN-IPBES, IRP-UNEP, UNDP-BES Network, IPCC, UNCCD, APN, GLP, and IUCN Commissions (CEM, CEC, CEESP, and SSC) for fostering global sustainability.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Assistant Professor of Sustainability Science, Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development (IESD), Banaras Hindu University, India

Sheikh Edrisi

Sheikh Adil Edrisi works in the field of sustainability analysis of degraded land development for multipurpose environmental benefits. He examines the role of GIS to assess land productivity; bioremediation of contaminated and degraded lands for efficient energy production; and biodiversity restoration and conservation. He is also the Guest Editor of Land (MDPI), and a contributor and reviewer of various international peer-reviewed journals. He is an initial member of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiatives. He is currently an active member of IUCN-CEM. The author has been awarded best presentation in national and international conferences. He has also received the prestigious Green Talent Award from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany, for 2019. He has also received a prestigious travel grant from the Department of Science and Technology, Science and Engineering Research Board, Government of India (DST-SERB, GoI), to collaborate and present his work in Slovenia (Europe).

Affiliations and Expertise

Thapar School of Liberal Arts Sciences, Thapar Institute of Engineering Technology, Patiala, India

Pradeep Dubey

Pradeep Kumar Dubey’s research interest lies in integrating sustainability research with traditional and ecological agriculture, nature-based solutions, and the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. He has validated and demonstrated several resources conserving agricultural practices. He is involved in various extension activities and periodically offers training on adaptive and climate resilient agricultural practices and agrobiodiversity management. His research credentials include international scientific publications, receiving the Young Scientific Award, IUCN-CEM Agroecosystem Specialist Groups, serving as the Managing Editor of Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability and as Guest Editor of Agriculture (MDPI). He is an editorial member of the Agroecosystem Specialist Group, IUCN-CEM, and a Commission Member, CEM-IUCN ‘South Asia’ and ‘Young Professional Network’ for themes of ecosystem services, ecosystem-based adaptation and mitigation, sustainable use and management of ecosystems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

Vishal Tripathi

Vishal Tripathi holds a PhD in Environmental Science and Technology, Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University. He works in the field of molecular ecology of plant-microbe interactions in the rhizosphere and its utilization in bioremediation for the development of sustainable land restoration practices. Apart from his work on bioremediation of organic pollutants, he has also provided novel insights for bioenergy and phytoproducts synthesis from the biomass of phytoremediation. He is a member of the IUCN-Commission for Ecosystem Management and the Ambassador for the International Hexachlorocyclohexane and Pesticide Association. Currently, he is editing a special issue on ‘Bioremediation of Degraded Soil for Environmental Sustainability’. He has been the recipient of the best presentation award in two international conferences and has also received the AUCBT-Research Excellence Award in 2016 from the Biotech Research Excellence Society, India.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

Pankaj Srivastava

Pankaj Srivastava works as a Research Associate at ICAR-IISWC, India. He is an initial member of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative. He is currently an active member of the IUCN-CEM agro-ecosystem group. He received the Outstanding Reviewer Award (2018) from Energy, Ecology and Environment, Springer, and the Biovision Award (2014) from The World Academy of Sciences (TWAs, Italy). His research interest lies in land restoration, soil and water conservation, sustainability science and climate-resilient agriculture. Apart from his work on restoration of degraded land, he has also provided novel insights into phytoremediation, biofuel, and nature-based solutions for climate change research. He is a reviewer of prestigious journals on land degradation and development, soil and tillage research, Energy, Ecology and Environment, Bulletin of Environmental Contamination.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Associate, ICAR-IISWC, India

Amitava Rakshit

Amitava Rakshit is a faculty member of the Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry at the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University. His research areas include nutrient use efficiency, simulations modelling, organic farming, integrated nutrient management, and bioremediation. His consulting capabilities are composting techniques, soil health management, and input quality control. He is currently the Chief Editor of the International Journal of Agriculture Environment and Biotechnology. He is a member of the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition of FAO, Rome, and the Commission on Ecosystem Management of International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Affiliations and Expertise

Banaras Hindu University, India

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