Rangeland Ecology, Management and Conservation Benefits


Series: Environmental Research Advances
BISAC: NAT010000

Rangelands are a type of land that include vast grasslands, shrublands, woodland, wetlands and deserts, grazed by domestic livestock or wild animals. They comprise almost one-half of all the lands in the world. This book analyzes the sustainability of beef cattle systems of the Spanish Rangelands known as “Dehesas.” These systems are considered as outstanding High Nature Value (HNV) farming systems and the most agroforestry systems in Europe. Additionally, on a global scale, China has around one-eighth of the rangelands (the second largest area of land in any country other than Australia). These rangelands are mostly inhabited by peoples of various ethnic minorities.

This book provides an overview of the environment and current development trends in the pastoral regions including a glimpse of the people affected most by any conservation or development effort and provide a framework for future integrated conservation and development work in the pastoral regions of north and north-west China. Furthermore, land degradation and biodiversity loss are the most critical issues of ecological environmenti n the West of China and they are the main causes for poverty and constraints for economic development.

This book examines rangeland degradation in China as well as rangeland management and livestock production in an effort to arrest and reverse rangeland degradation. In other chapters, changes in vegetation related with grazing are reviewed, the benefits of reintegrating burrowing bettongs as a part of rangeland restoration programs, and integrating national feral camel management plans that are being implemented across the camel range in Australia, aiming to control the damage caused by camels (there are around 750,000 feral camels in arid and semi-arid rangelands in Australia).
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Part 1 Rangeland Ecology: The Underpinnings

1. Sustainable Rangeland Management: An Ecological and Economic Imperative
(V. R. Squires, Visiting Professor in Rangeland Ecology and Management, Gansu Agricultural University, Lanzhou. China)

2. On the Failure to Control Overgrazing and Land Degradation in China’s Pastoral Lands: Implications for Policy and for the Research Agenda
(V.R. Squires and Hua Limin, Rangeland Ecology and Management, Gansu Agricultural University, Lanzhou China)

3. Small Holders, the Key to Successful Implementation of Integrated Ecosystem Management: A Case Study from North West China’s Pastoral Zone
(Hua Limin and V.R. Squires, Rangeland Ecology and Management, Gansu Agricultural University, Lanzhou, China)

Part 2 Rangeland Management in Practice

4. Comparative Sustainability Assessment of Extensive Beef Cattle Farms in a High Nature Value Agroforestry System
(A.J. Escribano, P. Gaspar, F.J. Mesías, M. Escribano and F.Pulido, Department of Animal Production and Food Science, University of Extremadura, Spain,)

5. Changes in Vegetation and in the Organic Soil Fractions Related with Grazing and Fire Histories in the Patagonian Monte, Argentina
Guadalupe Peter, Flavia Alejandra Funk, Martín Alejandro Luna, Silvia Susana Torres Robles, Sede Atlántica, Universidad Nacional de Río Negro, Viedma, Argentina)

6. Working with Land users in Mongolia to Arrest and Reverse Desertification and Capture Conservation Benefits
D. Bolormaa, Chantsallkham Jamsranjav, Mongolian Society for Range Management, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Banzaragch Tsesed, Ministry of Environment and Green Development, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and Ts Sukhtulga, National University of Mongolia)

7. Pastureland Management in Tajikistan’s Rural Regions for Ecological Sustainability, Economic Profit and Social Equity
(V. R Squires, College of Grassland Science, Gansu Agricultural University, Lanzhou, China, Barno Kurbanova, Giprozem 15, Dushanbe, Tajikistan and A.A. Madaminov Institute of Botany, Dushanbe, Tajikistan)

Part 3 Capturing the Conservation Benefits of Better Rangeland Management

8. Preliminary Investigation of the Decomposition of Feral Camel Carcasses in Central Australia
(Benxiang Zeng, Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Grevillea Drive, Alice Springs, NT, Australia)

9. Resilience Management of Alpine Rangeland Ecosystems under Climate Change in North-west China
Victor R. Squires, Hua Limin and Zhang Degang, Rangeland Resources and Ecology Group, Gansu Agricultural University, Lanzhou, China

10. Unifying Perspectives: Ensuring Conservation Benefits through Better Rangeland Management
(V.R. Squires, Visiting Professor in Rangeland Ecology and Management, Gansu Agricultural University, Lanzhou, China)

List of Contributors



to read the book review by – Lynn Huntsinger, Professor of Rangeland Ecology and Management, University of California, Berkeley

Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice – Bruce Alchin, The University of Queensland, Australia, School of Natural and Rural Systems Management

Additional Information

The book will be valuable for researchers, academic and policy-makers as it provides insights into issues faced and solutions attempted in less well-known rangeland situations. The extensive bibliography will give access to literature that may be in languages other than English.

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