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What is land use degredation?

Eric Lambin, Professor at the Department of Geography at the University  of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, answers this question.

- We can fail to go through a [land use] transition and move to degradation pathways,  where one enters into a vicious cycle where environmental degradation feeds poverty which itself excels environmental degradation, Lambin says.

About Eric Lambin
Eric F. Lambin has a PhD in Sciences (geography) from the University of Louvain. He is Professor at the Department of Geography at the same university. He was previously Assistant Professor at Boston University and Expert for the European Commission at the Joint Research Center (Ispra). In 2002-2003, he was resident as Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, California, USA.

Eric Lambin is the Chair of the « Land-Use and Land-Cover Change » (LUCC) programme of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). He contributes to many other international scientific projects and initiatives.

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