Fragmentation in Semi-Arid and Arid Landscapes: Consequences for Human and Natural Systems

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Kathleen A. Galvin, Robin S. Reid, Roy H. Behnke, Jr., N. Thompson Hobbs
Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 12, 2007 - Science - 411 pages
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Casual readers of the title of this book might be forgiven for thinking that it is a little esoteric, far-removed from the pressing day-to-day concerns of humans and wildlife in the drylands of the world. But they could not be more wrong. It addresses an issue of the utmost practical importance in the world today, yet does so on the basis of exciting new theory about how the world operates. Of the billion or so human beings who now live in the world’s arid and semi-arid lands, a majority depend on natural resources for their livelihoods. These natural resources include livestock and their forage, as well as the wild biota that creates opportunities for tourism or subsistence harvesting. Arid and semi-arid lands are spread over a third of the world’s land surface, from Colorado to the Kalahari, the Sahel to the Simpson, the Altai Steppe to Amboseli. Notwithstanding their diversity, these lands are broadly cha- cterised by low productivity, management at large scales, and great climate variability – in short, by high spatial and temporal heterogeneity. This book is about the implications of that high spatial and temporal heterogeneity for life, management and policy in arid and semi-arid lands.
 

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Contents

GLOBAL SIGNIFICANCE OF EXTENSIVE GRAZING LANDS AND PASTORAL SOCIETIES AN INTRODUCTION Robin S Reid Kathleen A Gal...
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FRAGMENTATION OF ARID AND SEMIARID ECOSYSTEMS IMPLICATIONS FOR PEOPLE AND ANIMALS N Thompson Hobbs Robin S Rei...
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CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF HERBIVORE MOVEMENT IN LANDSCAPE ECOSYSTEMS Michael B Coughenour
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CHANGING PATTERNS OF LAND USE AND TENURE IN THE DALRYMPLE SHIRE AUSTRALIA Chris J Stokes Ryan R J McAllister Andrew J ...
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FROM FRAGMENTATION TO REAGGREGATION OF RANGELANDS IN THE NORTHERN GREAT PLAINS USA Jill M Lackett and Kathleen ...
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LAND USE FRAGMENTATION AND IMPACTS ON WILDLIFE IN JACKSON VALLEY WYOMING USA Jill M Lackett and N Thompson Hobbs
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IDEOLOGY LAND TENURE AND LIVESTOCK MOBILITY IN KAZAKHSTAN Iliya I Alimaev and Roy H Behnke Jr
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POLICY CHANGES IN MONGOLIA IMPLICATIONS FOR LAND USE AND LANDSCAPES Dennis Ojima and Togtohyn Chuluun
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PROCESSES OF FRAGMENTATION IN THE AMBOSELI ECOSYSTEM SOUTHERN KAJIADO DISTRICT KENYA
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NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA TANZANIA FRAGMENTATION OF A UNIQUE REGION OF THE GREATER SERENGETI ECOSYST...
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NORTHWEST PROVINCE SOUTH AFRICA COMMUNAL AND COMMERCIAL LIVESTOCK SYSTEMS IN TRANSITION Kathleen A Galvin Ra...
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THE DRIVERS OF FRAGMENTATION IN ARID AND SEMIARID LANDSCAPES Roy H Behnke
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COMPARING LANDSCAPE AND INFRASTRUCTURAL HETEROGENEITY WITHIN AND BETWEEN ECOSYSTEMS Randall B Boone Shauna ...
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RESPONSES OF PASTORALISTS TO LAND FRAGMENTATION SOCIAL CAPITAL CONNECTIVITY AND RESILIENCE Kathleen A Galvin
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INDEX
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