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SP9 - Social and Institutional Variables

SP 9 has objectives to:

Assess the social and institutional drivers that led to the existing land use. Based on this, institutional and social factors hampering or facilitating change towards more sustainable land use practices, including the uptake of key-technologies and the acceptance of policy measures to reduce soil degradation and desertification are investigated.

A socio-geographic study with participation of local actors will particular focus on the innovation capability of the rural society facilitating both their technology uptake and their willingness to accept and engage in new coordination mechanisms regarding the dissemination of new sustainable land use practices.

An institutional study will systematically study the formal and informal property rights changes on land that have occurred, as well as current property rights in a nested hierarchical system. Governance systems on land management ranging from market co-ordination to command and control options to make these property rights effective will be analysed.

An institutional analysis (with the PICA Method) will assess crucial institutional factors which must be taken into account when aiming at cost-efficient and effective policy implementation.

In a participatory approach, various stakeholder groups will prioritize measure alternatives and value their own criteria. Applicable solutions for choices among controversial options and governance structures will be elaborated on with the help of multiple criteria decison analysis.

Based on insights of willingness and barriers to innovations, SP9 will elaborate a handbook in Russian language and contribute to the implementation of “regional learning platforms” in SP10.