Stewardship of Future Drylands and Climate Change in the Global South

Challenges and Opportunities for the Agenda 2030

  • Simone Lucatello
  • Elisabeth Huber-Sannwald
  • Ileana Espejel
  • Natalia Martínez-Tagüeña

Part of the Springer Climate book series (SPCL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. E. Huber-Sannwald, N. Martínez-Tagüeña, I. Espejel, S. Lucatello, D. L. Coppock, V. M. Reyes Gómez
    Pages 1-24
  3. Drylands and Socio-Ecological Systems

  4. Transdisciplinarity in Drylands

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. I. Espejel, G. Arámburo, N. Badan, L. Carreño, A. Cota, G. Gutiérrez et al.
      Pages 147-161
    3. N. Martínez-Tagüeña, E. Huber-Sannwald, R. I. Mata Páez, V. M. Reyes Gómez, C. Villarreal Wislar, R. Cázares Reyes et al.
      Pages 163-178
  5. Interculturality in Drylands

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. D. Pinedo, C. Leyva, M. Ballardo, M. A. Cordero, E. Estrada, A. Ocaña et al.
      Pages 181-196
    3. D. Galván-Martínez, I. Espejel, M. C. Arredondo-García, C. Delgado-Ramírez, C. Vázquez-León, A. Hernández et al.
      Pages 197-214
    4. A. Rizzo, A. Sifeddine, B. Ferraz, E. Huber-Sannwald, D. L. Coppock, E. M. Abraham et al.
      Pages 227-251
    5. U. Nehren, S. Lichtenberg, H. Mertin, N. Dennig, A. El Alaoui, H. Zgou et al.
      Pages 253-278
  6. The Governance of Drylands

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 351-359

About this book


This volume integrates a conceptual framework with participatory methodologies to understand the complexities of dryland socio-ecological systems, and to address challenges and opportunities for stewardship of future drylands and climate change in the global south. Through several case studies, the book offers a transdisciplinary and participatory approach to understand the complexity of socio-ecological systems, to co-produce accurate resource management plans for sustained stewardship, and to drive social learning and polycentric governance. This systemic framework permits the study of human-nature interrelationships through time and in particular contexts, with a focus on achieving progress in accordance with the 2030 United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

The book is divided into four main sections: 1) drylands and socio-ecological systems, 2) transdisciplinarity in drylands, 3) interculturality in drylands, and 4) the governance of drylands. Expert contributors address topics such as pastoralism and the characteristics of successful agricultural lands, the sustainable development goals and drylands, dryland modernization, and arid land governance with a focus on Mexico. The volume will be of interest to dryland researchers, sustainable development practitioners and policymakers. 


Dryland regions Global south Successful agricultural lands Socio-ecological systems approach Land governance Pastoralism Aridification Coastal watersheds Environmental mainstreaming Natural resource management Mexican drylands

Editors and affiliations

  • Simone Lucatello
    • 1
  • Elisabeth Huber-Sannwald
    • 2
  • Ileana Espejel
    • 3
  • Natalia Martínez-Tagüeña
    • 4
  1. 1.Estudios Ambientales y TerritorialesInstituto MoraMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.División de Ciencias AmbientalesInstituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y TecnológicaSan Luis PotosiMexico
  3. 3.Facultad de CienciasUniversidad Autónoma de Baja California UABCEnsenadaMexico
  4. 4.Cátedra CONACYT Consortium for ResearchInnovation and Development of Drylands Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y TecnológicaSan Luis PotosiMexico

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