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Sustainable Land Management in Greater Central Asia

An Integrated and Regional Perspective, 1st Edition

Edited by Victor Squires, Lu Qi


310 pages

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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 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 value to scholars, students, policy makers and NGOs with an interest in sustainable development in Central Asia.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction

1. Greater Central Asia: its peoples and their history and geography

2. Biogeography and natural resources of Greater Central Asia: an overview

3. Managing the commons in the post-Soviet transition: what are the challenges of institutional change in pastoral systems in Uzbekistan?

Part II: Sustainable land management: a dream or an economic and ecological imperative

4. Sustainable land management: a pathway to sustainable development

5. The future we want: putting aspirations for a land degradation neutral world into practice in the GCA region

6. Barriers to sustainable land management in Greater Central Asia: with special reference to the five former Soviet republics

Part III: The nature and extent of land degradation in Greater Central Asia

7. Assessment of land degradation processes and identification of long-term trends in vegetation dynamics in the drylands of Greater Central Asia

8. Land degradation indicators: development and implementation by remote sensing techniques

9. Mitigation of desertification and land degradation impacts and multilateral cooperation in Greater Central Asia

Part IV: Thematic issues of SLM in Great Central Asia

10. Water in Central Asia: a cross-cutting management issue

11. Water from the mountains of Greater Central Asia: a resource under threat

Part V: Consolidating and summarizing findings: the way forward

12. Greater Central Asia as the new frontier in the twenty-first century

13. Greater Central Asia: China, Russia or multilateralism?

14. Unifying perspectives on land, water, people, national development and an agenda for future social-ecological research

About the Editors

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, China.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Asia and the Environment

The role of Asia will be crucial in tackling the world's environmental problems. The primary aim of this series is to publish original, high quality, research-level work by scholars in both the East and the West on all aspects of Asia and the environment. The series aims to cover all aspects of environmental issues, including how these relate to economic development, sustainability, technology, society, and government policies; and to include all regions of Asia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies