KULUNDA: Climate Smart Agriculture

South Siberian Agro-steppe as Pioneering Region for Sustainable Land Use

  • Manfred Frühauf
  • Georg Guggenberger
  • Tobias Meinel
  • Insa Theesfeld
  • Sebastian Lentz

Part of the Innovations in Landscape Research book series (ILR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Background to the Natural Landscape and Consequences of the Ecosystem Conversation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. K. Wesche, A. Korolyuk, N. Lashchinsky, M. M. Silantyeva, C. Rosche, I. Hensen
      Pages 7-18
    3. N. F. Kharlamova
      Pages 19-32
    4. N. Lashchinsky, A. Korolyuk, K. Wesche
      Pages 33-48
    5. A. Mizgirev, M. Zierdt, P. Illiger, A. E. Kudryavtsev, A. A. Bondarovich, E. Stephan et al.
      Pages 49-66
    6. A. V. Prishchepov, F. Schierhorn, N. Dronin, E. V. Ponkina, D. Müller
      Pages 67-87
    7. S. Hese, N. Kurepina, I. Walde, Yu. M. Tsimbalei, T. G. Plutalova
      Pages 119-141
    8. M. M. Silantyeva, N. V. Elesova, I. Hensen, T. A. Terekhina, A. Yu Grebennikova, N. V. Ovcharova
      Pages 143-154
    9. G. Schmidt, P. Illiger, A. E. Kudryavtsev, N. Bischoff, A. A. Bondarovich, N. A. Koshanov et al.
      Pages 155-166
    10. A. A. Bondarovich, V. Scherbinin, E. V. Ponkina, A. Matsyur, A. Puzanov, E. Stephan et al.
      Pages 167-181
    11. G. Guggenberger, N. Bischoff, O. Shibistova, C. Müller, S. Rolinski, A. Puzanov et al.
      Pages 183-199
  3. Socio-economic, Institutional and Demographic Dynamics Impacting Land Use in Post-socialist South Siberia

  4. Potential and Strategies of Adapted Land Use as a Basis for Ecologically and Social-economically Sustainable Development of the Rural Landscape

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 321-321
    2. T. Meinel, V. I. Belyaev, K. A. Akshalov, L.-C. Grunwald, L. V. Sokolova
      Pages 325-339
    3. V. I. Belyaev, L.-C. Grunwald, K. A. Akshalov, T. Meinel, L. V. Sokolova
      Pages 341-354
    4. V. I. Belyaev, T. Meinel, R. Meissner, L.-C. Grunwald, V. V. Volnov, E. Stephan et al.
      Pages 355-366
    5. K. Hiller, M. Frühauf, T. Meinel, P. Tillack
      Pages 407-417
    6. M. M. Silantyeva, T. A. Terekhina, N. V. Elesova, N. V. Ovcharova, T. V. Kornievskaya
      Pages 419-430
  5. Towards a Sustainable Future? Challenges for Regional Development and Innovation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 431-431
    2. A. M. Nikulin, S. Lentz, O. Ya. Vinogradskaya, A. A. Kurakin, A. Wust
      Pages 435-446
    3. E. V. Ponkina, A. S. Manicheva, M. Bavorová
      Pages 447-456
    4. A. M. Sergienko, O. A. Snegireva
      Pages 457-467
    5. A. M. Nikulin, O. Ya. Vinogradskaya, A. M. Sergienko, A. A. Kurakin, D. Dirin, S. Lentz et al.
      Pages 469-479
    6. V. N. Chizhov, N. A. Ryzhkova, P. Liebelt
      Pages 481-492
    7. V. I. Belyaev, M. M. Silantyeva, T. Meinel, L.-C. Grunwald, D. V. Belyaev, N. A. Kozhanov et al.
      Pages 493-500
  6. Beyond Kulunda

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 507-507
    2. M. Frühauf, S. Lentz, T. Meinel, G. Guggenberger, I. Theesfeld
      Pages 509-522

About this book


This book focuses on a representative example and one of the world’s largest steppe conversions, and provides a detailed overview of the results of the BMBF-funded research project KULUNDA. As part of the Siberian virgin land policy, the Kulunda steppe was transformed into agricultural land from 1954 to 1965.   

In the course of the project, a multidisciplinary research team conducted a natural, social-economic and agro-scientific cause-and-effect analysis of (agro-)ecosystem destabilisation, as well as various field trials covering tillage and crop rotation options in their socio-economic context. 

The ecologically and economically sound findings offer strategies for combining climate smart land utilization, ecosystem restoration and sustainable regional development, and can readily be applied to other virgin land conversion efforts. In addition, the findings on the Eurasian steppes will expand the current conversion literature, which mainly consists of the ‘Dust Bowl’ literature of the North American plains. Given its scope, the book will appeal to scientists, professionals, and students in the environmental, geo- and climate sciences. 


Climate Change Adaptation and Impact Steppe Conversions Soil Degradation in Siberia Transition Economy Sustainable Agriculture in Dry Land Areas Ecosystem Restauration and Sustainable Regional Development Agro-Ecosystem Destabilisation Land Use Methods in Russia and Kazakhstan

Editors and affiliations

  • Manfred Frühauf
    • 1
  • Georg Guggenberger
    • 2
  • Tobias Meinel
    • 3
  • Insa Theesfeld
    • 4
  • Sebastian Lentz
    • 5
  1. 1.Institute of Geoscience and GeographyMartin-Luther-Universität Halle-WittenbergHalle (Saale)Germany
  2. 2.Institut für BodenkundeLeibniz Universität HannoverHannoverGermany
  3. 3.AMAZONEN-Werke H. Dreyer GmbH & Co. KGAstanaKazakhstan
  4. 4.Agricultural, Environmental and Food PolicyMartin-Luther-Universität Halle-WittenbergHalle (Saale)Germany
  5. 5.Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde (IfL)Universität LeipzigLeipzigGermany

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