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Natural Background and Human Mismanagement


Part of the Springer Series in Physical Environment book series (SSPENV, volume 9)

About this book


Controversial, and often discussed with passion and vehemence, desertification is a problem on whose solution the survival of millions of humans is dependent. This book aims at an understanding of what is commonly called "desertification" - a term which has a connotation of irreversibility, spreading and emergence of desert-like landscapes: "land degradation" is proposed to replace it. The purpose is to present what has happened in reality, and what might be done. Illustrative worldwide analyses allow a more realistic evaluation of global land degradation. Each level of technology, excessive or insufficient, creates its own mismanagement. This is reflected in a decrease in soil productivity and eventually land degradation. The benefit to the reader is an awareness of the ecozones which have undergone the most severe land degradation, and a global overview of the phenomena, mechanisms and existing solutions.


Desertifikation Trockenlandbewirtschaftung Umwelterhaltung desertification dryland development environment environment conservation Ökozonen der Erde

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  1. 1.Laboratoire de Géographie Physique ZonaleUniversité de ReimsReimsFrance

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