Soil and Land Management

Development of a cost-benefit assessment framework in support of the State of Land and Water (SOLAW) report 2021

soil and land management
Project code
AUD 200,000
Research program manager
Dr James Quilty
Project leader
ASSC PROF Anik Bhaduri, Griffith University
APR 2020
DEC 2020
Project status
Legally committed/Active
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This project aims to contribute to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) led SOLAW21 report by providing a strong comprehensive response framework for better understanding the effectiveness of technical, Institutional and policy responses to mitigate and adapt to land, soil and water degradation.

The scale of benefits of this project will be global as well as regional. The vision of the success of this project is that the comprehensive framework of response assessment (CFRA)  directly contributes to FAO led SOLAW21 report, and plays a significant role in the international discourse on the state of land and water for agriculture with the framework being used to highlight the effectiveness of potential responses. The CFRA will provide valuable information on related opportunities and challenges to support an informed decision-making process at different levels of governance and decision making from multilateral organisations, to national and state governments. There are six chapters of the SOLOW21 report and many of the chapters focus on responses. This project is envisioned to provide a framework for these chapters in understanding response effectiveness.

It is anticipated that in the future the CFRA will be utilised by countries in designing and assessing the potential of interventions and responses to the degradation of land and water resources. Future work could relate to the testing of CFRA at different scales across contrasting landscapes with the application of local-level data on responses, downscaled climate models, and regional level climate change scenarios. This could be intended for a few selected countries in Asia which will be of common interest to ACIAR and FAO.

Project outcomes

  • Developing a comprehensive framework of response assessment (CFRA) based on response repository for better understanding  of the effectiveness of technical, institutional and policy responses to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets as proposed in SOLAW21 that can support informed decision-making process at different levels and scales.
  • Creating a response repository and categorizing responses according to different states of land, water, and soil degradation.
  • Developing and understanding the co-benefits of different responses to the land, water soil degradation.
  • Understanding the cost of action relative to the cost of inaction of different responses over different temporal scales using a synthesis process of integrating disparate elements (i.e. concepts, data, methods, analytical results).
  • Developing a repository of research data on land, water and soil degradation, amelioration and management as relates to SOLAW21 and the CFRA. 
  • International engagement at a global forum, targeting 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26), to highlight the effectiveness of potential responses and inform on related opportunities and challenges to support an informed decision-making process at different levels.