Grasslands are an important biome, expanding world-wide with grass-dominated communities in deserts, woodlands and alpine areas above the tree-line. Grassland Management explores the exploitation of grasslands from the earliest time to the present and examines the impact of recent human interventions and global warming on their productivity, diversity, and survival. The challenges of conserving biodiversity, maintaining livelihoods of land users while protecting the land, and ensuring sustainable use are highlighted.
Background and setting
- A short History of grass and its significance to humans
- Geographic extent and characteristics of the world's grassland biome
- Classification of grasslands -attributes and utilization
Northern Hemisphere grassland: status and future prospects
- Grasslands of North America
- Grasslands of Europe
- Grasslands of Russia
- Grasslands of the Mediterranean Basin and North Africa
- Grasslands of China
- Grasslands of Mongolia and Central Asia
- Grasslands of the Indian subcontinent
Southern Hemisphere grassland: status and future prospects
- Grasslands of Australia and New Zealand
- Grasslands of South America
- Grasslands of Southern Africa
- Grasslands under a Global change regime
- Global change including climatic shifts: implications for grasslands
- Climatic variability and its impact on grassland-based livelihoods
Case studies on grassland restoration: Reports from five continents
Summary, synthesis and concluding remarks
- Some alternative scenarios for grasslands in a changing world
- Problems and prospects for grassland-based people
- Unifying perspectives: what future for grasslands?
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Dr Victor Squires is an Australian who as young man studied botany and rangeland ecology. He has a PhD in Rangeland Science from Utah State University, USA and is former Dean of the Faculty of Natural Resource Management at the University of Adelaide, Australia where he worked for 15 years after a 22-year career in Australia's CSIRO. Since retirement from the University of Adelaide, Dr Squires was a Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center, Hawaii and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona, Tucson and at the Gansu Agricultural University, Lanzhou, China. He has been a consultant to World Bank, Asian Development, and various UN agencies in Africa, China, Central Asia, and the Middle East. He is the author of over 130 papers in refereed journals and numerous invited chapters and is author/editor of 11 books. Dr. Squires was awarded both the 2008 International Award and Gold Medal for International Science and Technology Cooperation and the Friendship Award in 2011 by the government of China; the Gold Medal is the highest award for foreigners. In 2015, Dr Squires was honoured by the Society for Range Management (USA) with an Outstanding Achievement Award.