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A proposal to evaluate the cost of soil degradation on a country scale: Italy as a case study
Journal Title: RIV Rassegna Italiana di Valutazione 
Author/s: Luca Salvati 
Year:  2013 Issue: 56-57 Language: Italian 
Pages:  32 Pg. 312-343 FullText PDF:  671 KB
DOI:  10.3280/RIV2013-056014
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The present study introduces a monetary evaluation of soil degradation through an integrated framework that takes into account the traditional economic approaches and recent ecological studies. The paper provides a review of the methodologies proposed to estimate, both in physical and monetary terms, the cost of soil degradation. On the basis of the strengths and weaknesses of existing approaches, an original methodology was introduced to estimate the cost of soil degradation which was specifically applied to the Italian context. The results show that the potential cost of soil degradation, albeit negligible on a country scale, can be remarkable in specific geographic areas and socioeconomic contexts. A discussion on the originality of the proposed methodology as an informative tool supporting environmental policies against desertification concludes the article.
Keywords: Indicators, Degradation, Soil, User cost, Spatial scale, Italy.

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Luca Salvati, A proposal to evaluate the cost of soil degradation on a country scale: Italy as a case study in "RIV Rassegna Italiana di Valutazione" 56-57/2013, pp. 312-343, DOI:10.3280/RIV2013-056014

   

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