Combating Desertification in Asia, Africa and the Middle East

Proven practices

  • G. Ali Heshmati
  • Victor R. Squires

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
  2. Deserts and Desertification in China

  3. Deserts and Desertification in Three North African Countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Ali Mansour Saad, Noresah Mohd Shariff, Sanjay Gariola
      Pages 75-89
    3. Y. Hammouzaki
      Pages 91-111
    4. Kh. Darwish, M. Safaa, A. Momou, S. A. Saleh
      Pages 113-136
  4. Deserts and Desertification in Other African Countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. P. M. Nguru, D. K. Rono
      Pages 139-151
    3. S. Moshoeshoe, M. Sekantsi
      Pages 153-167
    4. Hakim Djibril
      Pages 169-189
  5. Desertification in Selected Asian Countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. O. Dorj, M. Enkhbold, S. Lkhamyanjin, Kh. Mijiddorj, A. Nosmoo, M. Puntsagnamil et al.
      Pages 217-229
    3. M. Shahbaz, Muhammad Khalid Rafiq, Taj Naseeb Khan
      Pages 231-248
    4. K. N. Toderich, E. V. Shuyskaya, T. F. Rajabov, Shoaib Ismail, M. Shaumarov, Kawabata Yoshiko et al.
      Pages 249-278
    5. R. P. M. Weerasinghe
      Pages 323-352
  6. Combating Desertification in the Middle East

  7. Desertification Control: Problems and Prospects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 425-425
    2. Victor R. Squires
      Pages 445-459
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 461-476

About this book


This book of 21 chapters is about the ‘how’ of desertification control as opposed to an analysis of the ‘why’ and fills a gap in the desertification-related literature in that it shows what to do in situations ranging from fixing mobile sands to arresting  accelerated  soil erosion in sloping lands.  More than 40 years of work by the Chinese in sandy land reclamation has led to the development of effective techniques. There are numerous illustrations (many in color) to show the successful techniques.  This compilation demonstrates that desertification and land degradation can be controlled and reversed with existing techniques in such widely varying environments as the Sahel of Africa to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in SE Asia, from high elevation in Lesotho to low lands on desert margins in Mongolia. Proven approaches include technical interventions, changes in governance and to the legislative framework and policy reform.  The contributors are local experts working in-country and bring to the book insights into many little-known aspects of the technical, ecological, social, cultural and economic factors determine success or failure of desertification control efforts.
This book will be of great value to professionals from the donor community (World Bank, Asian Development  Bank, Islamic Development Bank, UN agencies and NGOs) to graduate student students and land managers tasked with responsibility to arrest and reverse desertification and land degradation. 


Sandy Land climate change desertification land degradation land management

Editors and affiliations

  • G. Ali Heshmati
    • 1
  • Victor R. Squires
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of Rangeland ManagementGorgan Univ. Agric. Sciences&Nat. Res.GorganIran
  2. 2., College of Grassland ScienceGansu Agricultural UniversityLanzhouChina, People's Republic

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