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Land Degradation in Mediterranean Environments of the World: Nature and extent, causes and solutions

Edited By: Arthur J Conacher and Maria Sala

491 pages, B/w photos, illus, figs, tabs, maps

John Wiley & Sons

Hardback | Apr 1998 | #54083 | ISBN: 0471963178
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NHBS Price: £308.00 $391/€362 approx

About this book

Comprehensive assessment, covering climate environment, extent and nature of land degradation. |Various solutions are also reviewed, including the use of animals, cultivation practices, engineering-based practices, ecological solutions, social and economic solutions and agency and political solutions.

... it is a valuable piece of work and we recommend it as a reference book for any institutiona s library. Environmental Conservation "This is an impressive work of reference and will be much--used as debates about desertification and land degradation continue. There is much detail, mapping and compilation of statistical information. ... this is a splended item of co--operative scholarship and academic synthesis of a huge amount of information, which otherwise would be unavailable to students and development practitioners alike." Biodiversity and Conservation ".. this book is a valuable source of material and worth its place in university and college libraries." Progress in Physical Geography


Contents

THE NATURE OF THE WORLD'S MEDITERRANEAN-TYPE ENVIRONMENTS. Iberian Peninsul and Balearic Islands. The South of France and Corsica. Italy. The Croatian Adriatic Coast. Greece. The Eastern Mediterranean. North Africa. Greater California. Chile. The Southwestern Cape of South Africa. Southern Australia. PROBLEMS OF LAND DEGRADATION. Introduction. The Main Problems of Land Degradation: Their Nature, Extent and Severity: 1. Erosion and Soil Deterioration, Flooding, Vegetation Loss and Degradation. The Main Problems of Land Degradation: Their Nature, Extent and Severity: 2. Drought, Water Shortages, and Water Quality, and other Forms of Degradation. The Historical Development of Land Degradation in the Mediterranean World. The Causes of Land Degradation 1. The Nature of the Biophysical Environment. The Causes of Land Degradation 2. Vegetation Clearing and Agricultural Practices. The Causes of Land Degradation 3. Other Human Actions. Some Broader Implications of Land Degradation. SOLUTIONS TO LAND DEGRADATION. Introduction. Solutions dealing with Animals, Cultivation and Horticultural Practices. Technical Solutions. Vegetation-Related Solutions. Economic, Social, Agency and Policy Solutions. 1. The Mediterranean Basin. Economic, Social, Agency and Policy Solutions 2. The New World. Summary and Conclusions

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Biography

Arthur J. Conacher University of Western Australia, Australia and Maria Sala University of Barcelona, Spain

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