The scientific communities form a vital part of the target audience because ELD is basically a scientific endeavor and they are the main generators of scientific knowledge that provide reliable data and application oriented tools used as basis for policy making and investment decisions. The report is therefore planned to provide a state of the art synthesis of theory and methods for valuing land degradation and land services for their use.
UNU-INWEH is responsible for the scientific coordination of the ELD initiative. For further information, please contact Dr. Richard Thomas (webpage: http://www.inweh.unu.edu/personnel/RThomas.htm) and Dr. Emma Quillerou (webpage: http://www.inweh.unu.edu/personnel/EQuillerou.htm)
The ELD initiative is linked with key complementary initiatives, which provide in-kind contribution to the ELD scientific process namely:
- Centre for Development Research (ZEF - www.zef.de) /International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI - www.ifpri.org) Economics of Land Degradation project (research under-taken in- kind contribution to the ELD initiative)
- Offereing Sustainable Land-use Options initiative (OSLO - www.theoslo.net
- The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB - www.teebweb.org)
Further information on content and documents produced will be updated on a regular basis.