Sustainable Land Management in Greater Central Asia

Sustainable Land Management in Greater Central Asia : An Integrated and Regional Perspective

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Greater Central Asia encompasses a vast area that includes deserts, natural grasslands, steppes, shrublands and alpine regions. Many of these land types are degraded and productivity is falling at a time when human populations and livestock inventories are on the rise. Ecosystem stability and biodiversity are under threat and there is an urgent need to develop more sustainable land management regimes. This book uses an integrated regional approach to provide a comprehensive exploration of sustainable land development in the nine countries that are in Greater Central Asia. An interdisciplinary team of experts analyses the economic, ecological, sociological, technological and political factors surrounding sustainable land and water management in the region, sharing potential problems and solutions. As international concern about desertification grows, the book concludes by asking how the region is likely to develop in the future. This book will be of interest to scholars, students, policy makers and NGOs with an interest in sustainable development in Central Asian more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 38 black & white illustrations, 12 black & white tables, 18 black & white halftones, 20 black & white line drawings
  • 1138932167
  • 9781138932166

About Victor R. Squires

Victor R. Squires is a Guest Professor in the Institute of Desertification Studies, Beijing and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA Lu Qi is Director and Chief Researcher of the Institute of Desertification Studies, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Chinashow more

Table of contents

Part I: Introduction 1. Greater Central Asia: Its Peoples and their History and Geography, Victor Squires & Qi Lu 2. Biogeography and Natural Resources of Greater Central Asia: An Overview, Leah & Nikolai Orlovosky 3. Managing the Commons in the Post-Soviet Transition: What are the Challenges of Institutional Change in Pastoral Systems in Uzbekistan, Mahkmud Shaumarov & Regina Birner Part II: Sustainable Land Management: A Dream or an Economic and Ecological Imperative 4. Sustainable land management: What Do We Want to Sustain? Victor Squires and Haiying Feng 5. Sustainable land Management in Greater Central Asia in a Land Degradation Neutral Context, Feng Wang, Qi Lu & Victor Squires 6. Barriers to Sustainable Land Management in Greater Central Asia: with Special reference to the Five Former Soviet Republics, Akmal Akramkhanov, Utkur Djanibekov, Nariman Nishanov, Nodir Djanibekov, Shinan Kassam Part III: The Nature and Extent of Land Degradation in Greater Central Asia 7. Assessment of Land Degradation Process and Identification of Long-Term Trends in Vegetation Dynamics in the Drylands of Greater Central Asia, Dildora Aralova, Jahan Karieva, KristinaToderich, Lucas Menzel, Umut Halik, & Dilshod Gofurov 8. Land Degradation Indicators: Development and Implementation by Remote Sensing Techniques, Feng Yiming, Yan Feng, & Cao Xiaoming 9. Mitigation of Desertification and Land Degradation impacts and Multilateral Cooperation in Greater Central Asia, Yang Youlin, Pak Sum Low, Yang Liu, & Jia Xiaoxia Part IV: Thematic Issues of SLM in Great Central Asia 10. Water in Greater Central Asia: A Cross-Cutting Management Issue, Maksud Bekchanov, N. Djanibekov, JPA Lamers 11. Water from the Mountains of Greater Central Asia: A Resource Under Threat, Wilfried Hagg Part V: Consolidating and Summarizing Findings 12. Greater Central Asia as the New Frontier in the Twenty-First Century, Victor Squires & Lu Qi 13. Greater Central Asia: China, Russia or Multilateralism? Niklas Swanstrom 14. Unifying Perspectives on Land, Water, People, Development and an Agenda for Future Social-Ecological Research, Victor Squires & Lu Qishow more