© 2001

Sustainable Land Use in Deserts

  • Siegmar-W. Breckle
  • Maik Veste
  • Walter Wucherer
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Siegmar-W. Breckle, Maik Veste, Walter Wucherer
      Pages 3-13
  3. The Aral Sea Crisis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Siegmar-W. Breckle, Walter Wucherer, Okmir Agachanjanz, Boris Geldyev
      Pages 27-37
    3. Walter Wucherer, Siegmar-W. Breckle, Liliya Dimeyeva
      Pages 38-51
    4. Walter Wucherer, Siegmar-W. Breckle
      Pages 52-68
    5. Arieh Singer, Amos Banin, Lev Poberejzsky, Moshe Gilenko
      Pages 103-114
    6. Nicolai Orlovsky, Michael Glantz, Leah Orlovsky
      Pages 115-125
  4. Salt Stress

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Siegmar-W. Breckle, Anja Scheffer, Walter Wucherer
      Pages 139-146
    3. A. A. Butnik, U. N. Japakova, G. F. Begbaeva
      Pages 147-153

About these proceedings


Changing desert areas for land use implies a lot of ecological problems. These and related ones are dealt with in this book covering various interdisciplinary and international aspects. Large areas in arid and semi-arid regions are already polluted in various ways. One of the biggest problems is the anthropogenic salinization by inadequate means of agriculture and irrigation. Additionally, most arid areas in the world are dramatically overgrazed. Methods and practices of a sustainable land use in deserts are urgently needed in many arid regions. This book gives a broad survey on some of the affected regions of the world as well as some case studies from elsewhere (Aral Sea, Negev desert, Namib desert etc.). Thus, basic and applied sciences are brought together. Water management in deserts, grazing systems or reclamation of desertified areas are among the topics of this book, as well as social and economic aspects.


Aral Sea China Deegradation Desertification Desertifikation Drought Landgewinnung desert development ecology ecosystems land amelioration morphology soil toxicity

Editors and affiliations

  • Siegmar-W. Breckle
    • 1
  • Maik Veste
    • 1
  • Walter Wucherer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EcologyUniversity of BielefeldBielefeldGermany

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