The Arid Frontier

Interactive Management of Environment and Development

  • Hendrik J. Bruins
  • Harvey Lithwick

Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 41)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. A Management Approach to Environment and Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Environmental Policy, Planning and Management: National, Regional, and Multinational Dimensions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Donald A. Wilhite, Michael J. Hayes
      Pages 33-54
  4. Desertification and Climatic Variability in Arid Environments

  5. Drought, Food and Land Management in Africa

  6. Management of Water Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Maurice Roos
      Pages 277-293
    3. Hisham El-Bihbety, Harvey Lithwick
      Pages 295-317
  7. Renewable Energy Potential for Development of Arid Lands

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 383-385

About this book


The arid frontier has been a challenge for humanity from time immemorial. Drylands cover more than one-third of the global land surface, distributed over Africa, Asia, Australia, America and Southern Europe. Disasters may develop as a result of complex interactions between drought, desertification and society. Therefore, proactive planning and interactive management, including disaster-coping strategies, are essential in dealing with arid-frontier development.
This book presents a conceptual framework with case studies in dryland development and management. The option of a rational and ethical discourse for development that is beneficial for both the environment and society is emphasized, avoiding extreme environmentalism and human destructionism, combating both desertification and human livelihood insecurity. Such development has to be based on appropriate ethics, legislation, policy, proactive planning and interactive management. Excellent scholars address these issues, focusing on the principal interactions between people and dryland environments in terms of drought, food, land, water, renewable energy and housing.
Audience: This volume will be of great value to all those interested in Dryland Development and Management: professionals and policy-makers in governmental, international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as researchers, lecturers and students in Geography, Environmental Management, Regional Studies, Development Anthropology, Hazard and Disaster Management, Agriculture and Pastoralism, Land and Water Use, African Studies, and Renewable Energy Resources.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hendrik J. Bruins
    • 1
  • Harvey Lithwick
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Negev Center for Regional Development and Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, and Department of Geography and Environmental DevelopmentBen-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva and Sede Boker CampusIsrael
  2. 2.Negev Center for Regional DevelopmentBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael
  3. 3.School of Public AdministrationCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6049-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-4888-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5499
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