Desertification: Impact

Authored by: David A. Mouat , Judith Lancaster

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
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Economic and political factors have changed the patterns and strategies of human occupation of dryland regions, where previous lifestyles of transhumance or nomadism and minimal involvement in a market economy permitted human occupation of arid and semiarid areas even in times of drought, without causing ecosystem stress. Areas of concern are those that are desertified, that are at risk for increases or acceleration of desertification processes, and that are on the threshold of change but where sustainable human life is still possible.

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