Biography

I specialise in the natural and social science aspects of soil conservation, agricultural biodiversity, land degradation and sustainable land management.  To coincide with my early retirement from the School in Summer 2008, the University awarded me 'Emeritus Professor' in recognition of 30 years teaching at UEA, including 6 years as Head of School. I continue until 2012 as a Professorial Fellow and tutor in the School, mainly supervising research students. I also work for the Overseas Development Group on a number of projects for various agencies, including the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (Washington DC), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (Rome), the United Nations University (Tokyo) and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

My professional interests are in the conservation and management of renewable natural resources (such as soil, vegetation, water and land) in developing countries. Currently, I am engaged in developing a new strategy on 'land degradation' and 'sustainable land management' for the Global Environment Facility. Related projects include indicators and assessment techniques for land degradation, and developing a 'carbon tracking tool' for natural resource projects.  My current and recent external appointments are:

Career History

Michael Anthony Stocking is the Professor of Natural Resource Development and immediate past Dean of the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom. He has been involved in tropical agricultural development, land resources, conservation of biodiversity and soil conservation since 1969. His experience is in the sustainable use of natural resources through the appropriate development of conservation practices adapted to local socioeconomic and farming conditions. With field experience in sub-Saharan Africa, South America, and South and South-east Asia, his work involves soils investigations, land management, agricultural biodiversity and the relationship between land degradation and vegetation productivity.

Professor Stocking is currently Vice-Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility. He is responsible for scientific advice on the ‘land degradation’ focal area of the GEF and the Operational Program (No.15) on ‘sustainable land management’. He has been a consultant adviser to many agencies including FAO, UNDP, UNEP, The World Bank, ADB, IUCN, WWF-UK, DFID, DANIDA, SIDA and NORAD. As a member of advisory and management boards to DFID, the United Nations University and the CGIAR, he is involved closely with international development aid and the promotion of research within developing countries. He chairs the Scientific Advisory Committees to CIAT-TSBF, as well as the GEF-UNEP project on below-ground biodiversity. He was the Associate Scientific Coordinator for the first GEF multi-national project on agricultural biodiversity: the UNU-UNEP People, Land Management and Environmental Change - PLEC (1996-2002) project. He has been the author and senior consultant for a number of large GEF projects, including the FAO-UNEP Land Degradation Assessment for Drylands (2004-10) and the World Bank International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (2005-7).  Until his appointment as STAP Vice-Chair, he was a regular STAP Roster reviewer of GEF projects for OP12, 13 and 15.  Training is a key component of his experience with courses offered in agriculture, resource assessment and management, land degradation control and sustainable rural livelihoods.

Professor Stocking is author of over 130 scientific papers, book chapters and reports, including seven books on various aspects of environment and devel­opment. His book entitled Handbook for the Field Assessment of Land Degradation is published in English (Earthscan, London) and Spanish (Mundi Prensa, Madrid) and an Arabic version is in translation. His two most recent books are Agricultural Biodiversity of Smallholder Farms of East Africa (2004, UNU Press) and Renewable Natural Resources Management for Mountain Communities (2005, ICIMOD).  His 2003 review paper in Science on the prospects for tropical soils and food security for the next 50 years is widely cited.

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               My Short CV  

All Publications

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Kakabadse, Y., Shilling, J., Stocking, M.

(2010)

Evaluation of the UNDP contribution to environmental management for poverty reduction: the poverty-environment nexus,

Full Text UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Stocking, M.

(2008)

Sustainable land management and its relation to climate change,

Full Text UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Boix, C., De Vente, J., Albaladejo, J., Stocking, M.

(2006)

Land degradation, soil conservation and rural livelihoods: a case study of the influence of financial subsidies and access to water in semi-arid Spain,

in Soil Conservation and Protection in Europe: the way ahead.

SCAPE

ISBN 90-75312-06-7

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Mcdonagh, J., Lu, Y., Stocking, M.

(2006)

Global impacts of land degradation,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Stocking, M.

(2006)

Tropical soils and food security: the next fifty years,

in State of the Planet.

Island Press

pp. 49-58

ISBN 1-59726-063-0

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Lu, Y., Mcdonagh, J., Semalulu, O., Stocking, M., Owuor, C.

(2005)

Enhancing the impacts of research in soil management - development of practical tools in the hillsides of Eastern Uganda,

in Renewable Natural Resources Management for Mountain Communities.

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu

ISBN 92-9115-062-2

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Stocking, M.

(2005)

Land degradation control and its global environmental benefits,

in Land Degradation & Development

16

(2)

pp. 99-112

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Seeley, J., Chhetry, B., Francis, P., Gurung, M., Iversen, V., Kafle, G., Pain, A., Stocking, M. (ed.), Helleman, H. (ed.), White, R. (ed.)

(2005)

Challenges to increasing the opportunities for the poor to access benefits of common pool resources: the case of community forestry in the Terai of Nepal,

in Renewable Natural Resource Management in Mountain Communities ICIMOD/NRSP .

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Helleman, H., Stocking, M., White, R.

(2005)

Renewable Natural Resources Management for Mountain Communities,

ICIMOD

ISBN 92-9115-062-2

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Mcdonagh, J., Stocking, M.

(2004)

Report by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on measures taken to support the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification with a particular focus on affected developing country parties in Africa,

Full Text UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Stocking, M.

(2004)

Erosion and soil productivity: a review,

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Stocking, M.

(2003)

Tropical soils and food security: the next 50 years,

in Science

302

(5649)

pp. 1356-1359

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Lu, Y., Mcdonagh, J., Semalulu, O., Stocking, M., Nkalubo, S.

(2002)

Bridging research and development in soil management: matching technical options with local livelihoods,

in Sustainable Utilization of Global Soil and Water Resources, Proceedings of the 12th International Conservation Organization Conference.

Tsinghua University Press

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Liang, L., Stocking, M., Brookfield, H., Jansky, L.

(2001)

Biodiversity conservation through agrodiversity,

in Global Environmental Change

11

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pp. 97-101

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Lu, Y., Stocking, M.

(2000)

Integrating biophysical and socio-economic aspects of soil conservation on the Loess Plateau, China. Part III. The benefits of conservation,

in Land Degradation & Development

11

(2)

pp. 153-165

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Stocking, M., Lu, Y.

(2000)

Integrating biophysical and socio-economic aspects of soil conservation on the Loess Plateau, China. Part I. Design and calibration of a model,

in Land Degradation & Development

11

(2)

pp. 125-139

UEA Repository

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Lu, Y., Stocking, M.

(2000)

Integrating biophysical and socio-economic aspects of soil conservation on the Loess Plateau, China. Part II. Productivity impact and economic costs of erosion,

in Land Degradation & Development

11

(2)

pp. 141-152

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Clark, R., Durón, G., Quispe, G., Stocking, M.

(1999)

Boundary bunds or piles of stones? Using farmers' practices in Bolivia to aid soil conservation,

in Mountain Research and Development

19

(3)

pp. 235-240

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Stocking, M., Clark, R.

(1999)

Soil productivity and erosion: Biophysical and farmer-perspective assessment for hillslopes,

in Mountain Research and Development

19

(3)

pp. 191-202

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Brookfield, H., Stocking, M.

(1999)

Agrodiversity: definition, description and design,

in Global Environmental Change

9

(2)

pp. 77-80

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Key Research Interests

DEV Research Groups: Land Resources
 
Recent Publications


2010
KAKABADSE, Y, SHILLING, J & STOCKING, M. 2010. Evaluation of the UNDP Contribution to Environmental Management for Poverty Reduction: the Poverty-Environment Nexus.  United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York, 95pp ISBN: 978-92-1126311-4 http://www.undp.org/evaluation/documents/thematic/pen/Eval_PEN.pdf

2008

STOCKING, M. 2008. Sustainable Land Management and its Relation to Climate Change.  Sixteenth Session of the Commission for Sustainable Development, United Nations Headquarters, New York.  Invited presentation:
http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/csd16/LC/presentations/stocking.pdf

STOCKING, M. 2008. Developing a Global Strategy to Combat Land Degradation and Promote Sustainable Land Management.  Paper to the International Conference on Integrated Ecosystem Approaches and Applications, Beijing, 6-7 November.  Invited presentation.

2007

FERRARO, P & STOCKING, M. 2007. Sustainable Forest Management: STAP Guidance on Implementing the New Work Program. STAP Briefing Paper. Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel to the Global Environment Facility, Washington DC, 8 pp.
http://stapgef.unep.org/docs/folder.2006-01-09.1058206466/STAP%20Guidance%20on%20SFM.pdf

STOCKING, M. 2007. Land Degradation in the World's Most Acutely Affected Areas: Impacts on Human Livelihoods Especially in Mountainous Regions. Lead Presentation at UN Forum on Sustainable Land Management for Global Benefits, UN-HQ, New York, 27 March 2007, 7pp.
http://www.ony.unu.edu/seminars/2007/LandManagement/presentations/PaperStocking.pdf
 

STOCKING, M. 2007. Global Support to Facilitate the Early Development and Implementation of Land Degradation Programmes and Projects under the GEF Operational Program No.15.  Completion Report for Scientific and Technical Support to UNEP-GEF. Overseas Development Group, Norwich, 27pp.

STOCKING, M. (contributor) 2007. Resource Mobilization and the Status of Funding Activities Related to Land Degradation. Report prepared for the Global Environment Facility, Washington DC and the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD, Rome, 55pp.

2006

STOCKING, M. 2006. Land Degradation as a Global Environmental Issue: A Synthesis of Three Studies Commissioned by The Global Environment Facility to Strengthen the Knowledge Base to Support The Land Degradation Focal Area.  Report for GEF Council, 5-8 December, Document GEF/C.30/Inf.8.  Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel, Global Environment Facility, Washington DC, 17pp.

STOCKING, M. 2006. Land degradation assessment in drylands – LADA.  In: Hurni, H., Giger, M and Meyer, K. (eds.) Soils on the Global Agenda. Developing international mechanisms for sustainable land management. IASUS Working Group of the International Union of Soil Sciences. Centre for Development and Environment, Bern, p. 26  ISBN 978-3-906151-93-X

STOCKING, M. 2006. Soils and land management – the role of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the CBD/FAO Soil Biodiversity Initiative.  In: Hurni, H., Giger, M and Meyer, K. (eds.) Soils on the Global Agenda. Developing international mechanisms for sustainable land management. IASUS Working Group of the International Union of Soil Sciences. Centre for Development and Environment, Bern, pp. 41-49.   ISBN 978-3-906151-93-X

STOCKING, M.A. 2006. Tropical soils and food security; the next fifty years. In: Kennedy, D (ed.) State of the Planet. Island Press, Washington DC, pp.49-58. ISBN: 1-59726-063-0    [updated version of Science paper, 2003]

MCDONAGH, J., STOCKING, M. & LU YUELAI 2006. The Global Impacts of Land Degradation. Report to the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel, Global Environment Facility. Overseas Development Group, Norwich, 67pp.

BOIX, C., DE VENTE, J., ALBALADEJO, J. & STOCKING, M. 2006. Land degradation, soil conservation and rural livelihoods: A case study of the influence of financial subsidies and access to water in semi-arid Spain. In: Imeson, A. (ed.) Soil Conservation and Protection in Europe: the way ahead. Amsterdam: SCAPE, pp. 54-58. ISBN: 90-75312-06-7

2005

STOCKING, M., HELLEMAN, H. & WHITE, R. (eds.) 2005. Renewable Natural Resources Management for Mountain Communities.  International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu, 314pp.   ISBN: 92-9115-028-2  [author or co-author for 5 chapters]

STOCKING, M., OBANDO, F.H. & TENGBERG, A. 2005. Soil Degradation and Its Impact on Plants in Drylands. Advances in GeoEcology 36: 355-368.  ISBN: 3-923381-49-2

STOCKING, M. (contributor) 2007. Resource Mobilization and the Status of Funding of Activities Related to Land Degradation. Report prepared for the Global Environment Facility, Washington DC and the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD, Rome, 55pp.

2006

GISLADOTTIR, G. & STOCKING, M. 2005. Land degradation control and the global environmental benefits. Land Degradation and Development 16: 99-112.  ISSN: 1085-3278 (printed version); 1099-145X (online version)

GISLADOTTIR, G. & STOCKING, M. 2005 (eds) Special Issue: Land degradation and mitigationLand Degradation and Development 16: 97  ISSN: 1085-3278 (printed version); 1099-145X (online version) 

2004

STOCKING, M. & McDONAGH, J.  2004. Measures Taken to Support the Implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification with a Particular Focus on Affected Developing Country Parties in Africa. Report by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. DFID, London, 27pp

STOCKING, M.A. 2004. Soil erosion and soil fertility. In: Forsyth, T. (ed) Encyclopedia of International Development. Routledge, London and New York, pp.647-648 ISBN 041525342X

2003

STOCKING, M. 2003. Tropical soils and food security: the next 50 years. Science 302 (5649): 1356-1359 (21 November)   ISSN 0036-8075
Link to Journal Article

KAIHURA, F. & STOCKING, M. (eds.) 2003. Agricultural Biodiversity in Small-Holder Farms of East Africa. United Nations University Press, Tokyo, 245pp.  ISBN 92-808-1088-X

STOCKING, M.A. 2003.  Erosion and crop yield. In:  Lal, R. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Soil Science. Marcel Dekker, New York, pp.1-4   (ISBN Print) 0-8247-0634-X; (Web) 0-8247-0518-1.

STOCKING, M. & MURNAGHAN, N. 2003.  Manual para la Evaluación de Campo de la Degradación de la Tierra. Mundi-Prensa Libros, Madrid. ISBN 84-8476-114-2   [Translation of Handbook for the Field Assessment of Land Degradation. Earthscan, Londonxvi + 169 pp.  2001.  ISBN 1-85383-831-4]

2002 & earlier

BROOKFIELD, H., PADOCH, C., PARSONS, H. &  STOCKING, M. (eds.) 2002. Cultivating Biodiversity: Understanding, Analysing and using Agricultural Biodiversity. ITDG Publishing, London [in association with United Nations University, United Nations Environment Programme and the Global Environment Facility]  ISBN 1-85339-493-9

STOCKING, M. 2000. Soil erosion and land degradation. In: Environmental Science for Environmental Management, 2nd Edition. Pearson Education, Harlow, pp.288-321.   ISBN 0-582-35633-4

Teaching Interests

I am currently supervising the following research students:

Sheila Aggarwal-Khan; ‘International Environmental Governance’

Hari Dhungana; ‘Forest Resources and Social Justice: A Case Study of the Policies and Practices of Forest Resources Management in Nepal’

Fernando Diaz Lopez; ‘Environment, Technical Change and Innovation: The Case of the Mexican Chemical Industry’  (PhD awarded August 2008)

Belina Garcia Fajardo; ‘Multiple Values of Land Degredation Control: a Case Study from the Highlands of Central Mexico’

Zhiqiu Liu; ‘From Community to Household Responsibility: How Livelihoods and Agrobiodiversity Have Changed Rural China Since 1978’

Surendra Shrestha; ‘Do NGOs Empower the Poor and Socially Excluded? A Case Study from Nepal’ (PhD awarded April 2008)