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A report on the results of the first DESIRE stakeholder workshop on "Land degradation and desertification - existing and potential prevention and mitigation strategies" held in Novyi, Saratov, Russia, 11-13 February 2008.

Moderators and authors: Tatiana Smirnova, Nina Pronko




  • Land use type - cropland (annual & perennial cropping).
  • Key characteristics - high ground water table; secondary salinization.
  • Impacts - soil organic matter transformation, compaction, damage in structure, poor hydraulic conductivity, water retention capacity etc.
  • Main degradation type - chemical soil deterioration (salinization) → productivity decline.
  • Main causes of land degradation: a) direct - disturbance of the water cycle, abstraction
    of water (irrigation) and crop management; b) Indirect - governance/institutional inputs and infrastructure.


Results and conclusions from sequences / exercises

1. The biomass cycle
2. The water cycle


List of stakeholders and their influence and interest in regard to sustainable land management


Assessment made by local and external stakeholders


List of technologies to be evaluated by WOCAT methodology

Applied: Potential:
• Green manure
• Drainage
• Drip irrigation
• Licorice (Glycyrrhiza) cultivation


Draft outline of an overall strategy for sustainable land management

Objectives (Mitigation of disturbances in the cycles)
Appropriate technologies (What?) Adequate approaches (How?) Responsible stakeholders (Who?)
  • To reduce recharge of
    groundwater sources
  • To improve water infiltration
Drip irrigation
  • Purchase and instalment of pipes
  • Determination of optimum
  • irrigation scheme
  • Training of farmers to use the technology
  • Producers and distributors of pipes
  • Farmers
  • Extension service



Recommendations and difficulties encountered

  • Strengths. In general the seminar was a success and the objectives were attained. It provided a good basis for evaluation of solutions for SLM. The most suitable overall strategy was developed for the local conditions.
  • Weaknesses. The workshop is carried out not in a village / community. Not all the stakeholders were equally interested in the SLM.


More details ... download the full report and poster and see results and general conclusions from other study sites

iconWP3.1 Stakeholder Workshop 1: Novyi (report) (388.58 kB)

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