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The Causes and Progression of Desertification

Series: Ashgate Studies in Environmental Policy and Practice

By: Helmut Geist

258 pages, Tabs

Ashgate Publishing Limited

Hardback | Feb 2005 | #151221 | ISBN: 0754643239
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NHBS Price: £65.00 $82/€77 approx

About this book

This book provides an examination into the causes and prospects of desertification through a systematic review of 132 sub national case studies. It uses a meta-analytical model to determine whether proximate causes and underlying driving forces fall into any patterns, to identify mediating factors, feedback, cross-scalar dynamics and typical pathways. It shows a limited set of recurrent core variables in varying combinations to drive desertification. Most prominent root causes are climatic factors, institutions, national policies, population growth and remote economic influences that lead to local cropland expansion, overgazing and infrastructure extension, associated with desertification as a potential but not necessary outcome. Some factors are geographically robust, most of them are region and time specific.


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