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Experience in Developing Land Degradation Neutrality Concept in the Russian Federation
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  • German Kust,
  • Olga Andreeva,
  • Vasiliy Lobkovskiy ,
  • Jamal Annagylyjova
German Kust
Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences

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Olga Andreeva
Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences
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Vasiliy Lobkovskiy
FSBIS Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences
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Jamal Annagylyjova
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
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The paper overviews and summarizes the results of the developing a methodology for the land degradation neutrality (LDN) assessment basing on LDN-based studies at national, regional and local levels in Russia. The review of more one hundred available publications in Russian language over the past 6-7 years allowed for analysis on the following areas: development of LDN terminology, LDN assessment at the different levels, adapting transition matrix; application of global and national LDN indicators; using the LDN concept for economic valuation of land, estimating LDN baseline, and using LDN as an integral indicator for sustainable land management. With the LDN concept the issue of land degradation (LD) has gone beyond the limited scope of desertification and drylands, and enlarged the concept of “rational” or “effective” land use and land management dominated in Russia. The LDN concept has been broadened with the introduction of the LDN Index proposed to evaluate the rate of LDN achievement; proposal on reconstructing transition matrices and adding specific land cover sub-categories; approach of integrating traditional national sectoral systems for assessing land quality with an LDN add-on; justification for using additional and specific LDN indicators at national and subnational level (soil erosion, aridity, soil salinity, soil depletion, etc.); importance of factoring natural background trends like climate change, natural succession cycles linked with geological and geomorphological processes; need for using different site-specific LDN baselines, not only those time-based; approaches for LDN-based economic valuation of lands; and the LDN-based typology of SLM practices and models.
30 Dec 2021Submitted to Land Degradation & Development
10 Jan 2022Submission Checks Completed
10 Jan 2022Assigned to Editor
22 Jan 2022Reviewer(s) Assigned
06 Apr 2022Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
11 Apr 2022Editorial Decision: Revise Major
25 May 20221st Revision Received
03 Jun 2022Submission Checks Completed
03 Jun 2022Assigned to Editor
19 Jul 2022Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
30 Jul 2022Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
25 Aug 20222nd Revision Received
25 Aug 2022Submission Checks Completed
25 Aug 2022Assigned to Editor
09 Sep 2022Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
15 Sep 2022Editorial Decision: Accept