Land Resources

sustainable land management
Foreign investors cultivate land for the production of maize, soybeans, and geranium on the Ihorombe Plateau in Madagascar. Photo: Julie Zähringer, CDE

We study processes and dynamics in land resources such as soil, water, and vegetation within social-ecological systems, and analyse changes in land use and land management at and across various spatial and temporal scales. Land resources and the ecosystem services they provide are often threatened by overuse, climate change, and desertification, as well as by increasingly competing claims and globalized demands. Our aim is to identify current land resource developments, their valuations, and the potentials they offer for greater sustainability. Together with stakeholders, we strive to harness these potentials and promote more sustainable land use and land management in several of CDE’s partner regions.