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The Future of Drylands

International Scientific Conference on Desertification and Drylands Research, Tunis, Tunisia, 19-21 June 2006

  • Provides a state-of-knowledge on the management of dryland ecosystems

  • Provides a global coverage of the issues dealing with desertification

  • Includes contributions and case studies from all dryland continents

  • Future-oriented providing forward looking policy recommendations for dryland research and sustainable management of dryland resources

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Table of contents (68 papers)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Keynote Presentations

    1. The Future of Arid Lands – Revisited: Executive Summary

      • Charles F. Hutchinson, Stefanie M. Herrmann, Wiebke Förch
      Pages 41-56
    2. Policy Requirements to Combat Desertification

      • Wafa Essahli, Youba Sokona
      Pages 57-64
  3. Conservation of Biodiversity, Cultural and Natural Heritage in Drylands

    1. Livestock Genetic Diversity in Dry Rangelands

      • Beate Scherf, Barbara Rischkowsky, Irene Hoffmann, Mateusz Wieczorek, Alberto Montironi, Ricardo Cardellino
      Pages 89-100
    2. The Role of Megafauna Restoration in Dryland, Natural and Cultural Heritage Conservation

      • Pierre Devillers, Roseline C. Beudels-Jamar
      Pages 101-113

About this book

Drylands have been cradles to some of the world’s greatest civilizations, and contemporary dryland communities feature rich and unique cultures. Dryland ecosystems support a surprising amount of biodiversity. Desertification, however, is a significant land degradation problem in the arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid regions of the world. Deterioration of soil and plant cover has adversely affected 70% of the world’s drylands as a result of extended droughts as well as mismanagement of range and cultivated lands. The situation is likely to worsen with high population growth rates and accompanying land-use conflicts.

The contributions to The Future of Drylands – an international scientific conference held under the leadership of UNESCO – address these issues and offer practical solutions for combating desertification along with conserving and sustainably managing dryland ecosystems. Major themes include the conservation of dryland biological and cultural diversity and the human dryland interface. This volume documents how our improved understanding of drylands provides insight into the health and future prospects of these precious ecosystems that should help ensure that dryland communities enjoy a sustainable future.

Keywords

  • Climate Change
  • Desert
  • Desertification
  • Drylands
  • Environmental Management
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Water Management
  • biodiversity
  • ecosystem

Editors and Affiliations

  • Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), UNESCO, Paris Cedex 15, France

    Cathy Lee

  • Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, UNESCO, Paris Cedex 15, France

    Thomas Schaaf

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eBook USD 229.00
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  • ISBN: 978-1-4020-6970-3
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  • Readable on all devices
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Hardcover Book USD 299.99
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