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International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy 2016

  • Harald Ginzky
  • Irene L. Heuser
  • Tianbao Qin
  • Oliver C. Ruppel
  • Patrick Wegerdt

Part of the International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy book series (IYSLP, volume 2016)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Words of Welcome from All Continents

  3. Recent Developments of Soil Regulation at International Level

  4. Cross-Cutting Topics

About this book


The first volume of the International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy includes an important discussion on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals that are the basis for the post-2015 development agenda up to the year 2030; the Yearbook focuses in particular on Goal 15, which includes achieving a “land degradation-neutral world.” It also provides a comprehensive and highly informative overview of the latest developments at the international level, important cross-disciplinary issues and different approaches in national legislation.

The book is divided into four sections. Forewords by internationally renowned academics and politicians are followed by an analysis of the content and structure of the Sustainable Development Goals with regard to soil and land as well as the scientific methods for their implementation. In addition, all relevant international regimes are discussed, including the latest developments, such as the decisions made at the 12th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The next section deals with cross-disciplinary issues relevant to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals like the right to food, land tenure, migration and the “Economics of Land Degradation” initiative. The last section gathers reports on the development of national legislation from various nations and supra-national entities, including Brazil, China, the European Union, Mongolia, Namibia and the United States. Addressing this broad range of key topics, the book offers an indispensible tool for all academics, legislators and policymakers working in this field.

The “International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy” is a book series that discusses the central questions of law and politics with regard to the protection and sustainable management of soil and land – at the international, national and regional level.


Sustainability Tenure rights Compliance Food security Human rights Poverty eradication Migration Goal 15 Land degradation Neutrality Indicators Sustainable development goals Climate change Land Economics of Land Degradation United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD UNFCCC CBD

Editors and affiliations

  • Harald Ginzky
    • 1
  • Irene L. Heuser
    • 2
  • Tianbao Qin
    • 3
  • Oliver C. Ruppel
    • 4
  • Patrick Wegerdt
    • 5
  1. 1.German Environment AgencyDessauGermany
  2. 2.IUCN World Commission on Environmental LawDeputy Chair of Specialist Group on Sustainable Soils and DesertificationKleinmachnowGermany
  3. 3.Research Institute of Environmental LawWuhan UniversityWuhanChina
  4. 4.Faculty of LawUniversity of StellenboschStellenboschSouth Africa
  5. 5.DG EnvironmentEuropean CommissionBrusselsBelgium

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