Reduction or loss, in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, of the biological or economic productivity and complexity of rainfed cropland, irrigated cropland, or range, pasture, forest and woodlands resulting from land uses or from a process or combination of processes, including processes arising from human activities and habitation patterns, such as: (i) soil erosion caused by wind and/or water; (ii) deterioration of the physical, chemical and biological or economic properties of soil; and (iii) long-term loss of natural vegetation). (Source: UNCCD, Art. 1)
Broader: landLEO Thesaurus
Narrower: erosionland degradation neutrality
Concept URI: http://www.informea.org/terms/land-degradation
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