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1998

The Arid Frontier. Interactive Management of Environment and Development

Springer

Titre : The Arid Frontier. Interactive Management of Environment and Development

Series : GeoJournal Library , Vol. 41

Edited by : Bruins, Hendrik J. ; Lithwick, Harvey (Eds.)
Publisher : Springer
Date de parution  : 1998
Pages : 404

Présentation
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.

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