Global Rangelands: Progress and Prospects

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Although traditionally defined as areas where natural vegetation is exploited for grazing by domestic and native herbivores, rangelands are used by many different people for a host of purposes. As well as livestock products, rangelands provide fuels, minerals and water, and are used for ecotourism, recreation, nature conservation and as carbon sinks. More than half of the earth's land surface is rangeland and millions of people, both within and outside the rangelands, depend on them. This book addresses the important issues confronting the rangelands and presents new concepts and approaches for the management of rangeland resources. It is relevant to the people who live in or depend on the rangelands, and to the institutions and organizations that support them.

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"As a state-of-the-art account of where rangeland science is at present, this is a useful source of information."
Bulletin of the British Ecological Society
"As a state-of-the-art account of where rangeland science is at present, this is a useful source of information."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851995236
  • Publisher: CAB International North America
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: CABI
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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CSIRO Tropical Agriculture

CSIRO Wildlife and Ecology

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Table of Contents

1 Challenges for Rangeland People 1
2 Future Shocks to People and Rangelands 11
3 Indigenous People in Rangelands 29
4 Rangelands: People, Perceptions and Perspectives 43
5 Desertification and Soil Processes in Rangelands 55
6 Understanding and Managing Rangeland Plant Communities 63
7 Range Management and Plant Functional Types 81
8 People and Plant Invasions of the Rangelands 101
9 People and Rangeland Biodiversity 117
10 Managing Grazing 131
11 Rehabilitation of Mined Surfaces 147
12 Accounting for Rangeland Resources 157
13 Building on History, Sending Agents into the Future - Rangeland Modelling, Retrospect and Prospect 169
14 Integrating Management of Land and Water Resources: the Social, Economic and Environmental Consequences of Tree Management in Rangelands 185
15 Land and Water Management: Lessons from a Project on Desertification in the Middle East 197
16 International Perspectives on the Rangelands 211
17 Policies, Planning and Institutions for Sustainable Resource Use: a Participatory Approach 221
18 Economics and Ecology: Working Together for Better Policy 235
19 Building the Future: Practical Challenges 245
20 Rangeland Livelihoods in the 21st Century 253
21 Building the Future: a Human Development Perspective 261
22 Synthesis: New Visions and Prospects for Rangelands 271
Index 285
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