Land Resources

Now and for the Future

Author: Anthony Young

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521785594

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 319

View: 6208

This book stimulates awareness of the critical role of land resources in development.

The Overstory Book

Cultivating Connections with Trees

Author: Craig R. Elevitch

Publisher: PAR

ISBN: 0970254431

Category: Agroforestry

Page: 526

View: 8786

Whether in a small backyard or a larger farm or forest, trees are vital to the web of life. Protecting and planting trees can restore wildlife habitat, heal degraded land, conserve soil, protect watersheds, diversify farm or garden products, beautify landscapes, and enhance the economic and ecological viability of land use systems. Careful planning and sound information is needed to reach these goals. The Overstory Book distills essential information about working with trees into 134 short, easy-to-read, single-subject chapters. Each chapter shares key concepts and useful information, so readers can get back to planting and protecting more trees, gardens, and forests, more effectively. * Discover time-tested agricultural and conservation techniques from indigenous and traditional peoples * Work with beneficial microorganisms, from mycorrhizal fungi to nitrogen-fixing bacteria and more * Create abundance with fruit trees, timber trees, vine crops, vegetables, mushrooms, and more * Form alliances with animals, from wildlife, birds, and insects to integrated, free-range livestock * Design effective tree-based windbreaks, noise barriers, live fences, and erosion buffers * Understand how to grow or obtain the highest quality seeds, seedlings, and plant materials * Restore fertility, productivity, and biodiversity with trees * Work with multipurpose plants including trees, palms, bamboos, and more * Market products effectively to improve economic returns sustainably * Locate helpful internet sites, organizations, people, and publications * And much more!

Erhaltung und nachhaltige Nutzung der Biosphäre


Author: Wissenschaftlicher Beirat der Bundesregierung GlobaleUmweltveränderungen

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3642597556

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 482

View: 6001

Ausgehend von einer Analyse der Krise der globalen Biosphäre und ihrer Bedeutung für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung leiten die Wissenschaftler Prinzipien für eine erfolgreiche internationale "Biosphärenpolitik" ab. Der Beirat geht von dem Ansatz aus, daß Erhaltung und nachhaltige Nutzung der Biosphäre integriert betrachtet werden müssen. Es wird Politikberatung zu einer breiten Palette von Themen geboten: von der Bioprospektierung bis zu einer nachhaltigen Landnutzung, vom bioregionalen Management bis zum Naturschutz, von der Bekämpfung des Raubbaus an Naturressourcen bis zur Erdsystemanalyse. Besonderes Gewicht liegt auf Empfehlungen zur Weiterentwicklung der Biodiversitätskonvention, der internationalen wissenschaftlichen Politikberatung, der Biosphärenforschung und der finanziellen Rahmenbedingungen für Biosphärenpolitik.

Land Resource Potential and Constraints at Regional and Country Levels

Author: N.A

Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org.

ISBN: 9789251044292

Category: Reference

Page: 114

View: 1528

This publication provides an overview of the land resources characteristics, their status and limitations at a global, regional and national level. The statistics provided here widen and complement those given by FAO and the World Resources Institute. They include data on soil, climate and terrain characteristics and constraints, human-induced land degradation status and desertification risk. A comparative analysis of national land resource potential is included. A link has been made between land resource limitations and the population affected.

Sharing Nature's Interest

Ecological Footprints as an Indicator of Sustainability

Author: Nicky Chambers,Craig Simmons,Mathis Wackernagel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317972163

Category: Nature

Page: 206

View: 9863

Ecological footprinting is rapidly being adopted as an effective and practical way to measure our impact on the environment - in both large- and small-scale planning and development. This is an introduction to ecological footprint analysis, showing how it can be done, and how to measure the footprints of activities, lifestyles, organizations and regions. Case studies illustrate its effectiveness at national, organizational, individual and product levels.

Global Environment Change: Remote Sensing and GIS Perspectives

Author: R.B. Singh

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9789054107040

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 320

View: 5995

Geosphere-biosphere interaction of certain elements and compounds is a major factor in global environmental change. This guide to the role of geographical monitoring in ecosystem modelling contains papers presented at the International Geographical Union Seminar on monitoring geosystems.

Population Puzzle

Boom Or Bust?

Author: Laura E. Huggins,Hanna Skandera

Publisher: Hoover Inst Press


Category: Political Science

Page: 425

View: 3363

This insightful collection of essays provides an overview of the major issues concerning world population growth, with particular emphasis on population's impact on the United States. Drawing from government reports, think tank studies, scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, and books, the authors offer a range of contrasting viewpoints and policy perspectives surrounding population issues. Part I provides background on the various theories pertaining to population growth, examines the fundamental ethical issues and dividing lines relating to population, and highlights the debate between Paul Ehrlich and Julian Simon. Parts II and III offer a variety of opinions on population growth's impact on water, food, pollution, energy, and land and differing views on the relationship between population and fertility and mortality rates, public health, migration, war, and violence. Part IV explores the arguments of prosperity by "design" and prosperity "laissez-faire" style-delving into issues such as how technological change and global trade promote economic growth and advance human welfare. Part V addresses important jurisdictional questions that arise regarding reproduction: Do governments have the right or the duty to preside over the reproductive process, and if so, for what purposes, to what extent, and at what price: Or are reproductive decisions personal and therefore a private and protected right? Part VI tackles the pitfalls of predictions and questions whether demographic estimates have been formed without adequate consideration of the data. Each section of the book is prefaced with a brief overview and introduction, along with relevant facts, figures, quotes, and often a supplementary snapshot-a specific example that captures the issue at hand.

Program aid

Author: United States. Extension Service

Publisher: N.A


Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: N.A

View: 6197

Natural Resources

Author: David Elcome

Publisher: Nelson Thornes

ISBN: 9780748731879

Category: Natural resources

Page: 89

View: 6445

Part of the EPICS series, which is suitable for students of A-Level Geography. This book brings a fresh approach to various topics of interest.

Thin on the Ground

Soil Science in the Tropics Second Edition

Author: Anthony Young

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780995656604


Page: 376

View: 3007

World population is increasing by some 80 million a year, largely in developing countries. Can the food requirements of this growing population be met? How can the limited resources of available land be sustainably managed? Where are the worst areas of land degradation to be found? Why are soils a major element of the environment? Thin on the Ground seeks to answer these questions by reviewing the successive stages of tropical soils research: soil survey, land evaluation, land use planning, and the evolution of earlier attempts the check soil erosion into the current approach of conservation agriculture. Priorities for today should be soil health monitoring, and linking modern methods of conservation with agricultural advisory services. The author's contention that population policy should be an integral part of agricultural development will not pass unchallenged. Includes 38 photographs, many of historical importance. "An authoritative and informative overview of soil survey activities in the developing world." WOSSAC: World Soil Survey Archive and Catalogue. From reviews of the First Edition: "A well-documented, lively and informative description.....The author has a magnificent capacity to synthesize large amounts of information from different disciplines.....Gives a strong sense of excitement....A remarkable and valuable book for anyone concerned with third world development." Anthony Young has over 40 years experience of all aspects of tropical soils, extending from survey and evaluation to conservation and management. As an early member of the World Agroforestry Centre he was the first to establish the potential of agroforestry in soil management. He has published 15 books, notably the comprehensive review, Land Resources: Now and for the Future, and has been awarded doctorates by the Universities of Sheffield and East Anglia.

The Future of Arid Grasslands

Identifying Issues, Seeking Solutions

Author: Barbara Tellman

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 0788178121


Page: 392

View: 3108

Proceedings of a conf. on the major problems facing grasslands in arid & semi-arid regions of the U.S. & Mexico & to seek solutions to those problems. Grasslands in many parts of the Southwest & northern Mexico are facing serious threats -- from urbanization & subdivision development to spread of invasive plant species to conflicts over grazing policy. Target groups for participation included private landowners, non-profit groups, government agencies, environmental advocates, economists, scientists, etc. Emphasized practical, hands-on mgmt. methods, including time in grasslands managed under a variety of techniques.

Preserving Public Lands for the Future

The Politics of Intergenerational Goods

Author: William R. Lowry

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 9781589013957

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 1414

Comparing national efforts to preserve public lands, William R. Lowry investigates how effectively and under what conditions governments can provide goods for future generations. Providing intergenerational goods, ranging from balanced budgets to space programs and natural environments, is particularly challenging because most political incentives reward short-term behavior. Lowry examines the effect of institutional structure on the public delivery of these goods. He offers a theoretical framework accounting for both the necessary conditions — public demand, political stability, and official commitment to long-term delivery — and constraining factors — the tensions between public agencies and politicians as well as between different levels of government — that determine the ability of a nation to achieve long-term goals. In support of this argument, Lowry evaluates data on park systems from more than one hundred countries and provides in-depth case studies of four — he United States, Australia, Canada, and Costa Rica — to show how and why the delivery of intergenerational goods can vary. For each of the cases, he reviews background information, discusses constraints on agency behavior, and assesses expansion of the park systems and restoration of natural conditions at specific locations. This extensive comparative analysis of the preservation of public lands offers new insights into the capability of nations to pursue long-term goals.

Human Development And Natural Resources

Author: Anuradha Kumar

Publisher: Sarup & Sons

ISBN: 9788176256797

Category: Natural resources

Page: 263

View: 7555

The Poorest Nations Fall Further Behind. Nations In Transition From Command To Open Economies Face Immense Hardships. Nations That Have Achieved Prosperity See Their Success Accompanied By A New Array Of Problems Like Social, Environmental, Cultural And Economic, And Many Are Consequently Reluctant Even To Pursue Their Assistance Policies At Former Levels.The Current Situation Calls For Wider Intellectual Understanding, Deeper Moral Commitments And More Effective Policy Measures. Without Them, A Half Century Of Considerable Progress Could Be Undermined. Worse, All People Of The World Will Live On A Deteriorating Planet, And Will Increasingly Lose The Ability To Shape Their Distiny In A Coherent Way.

Environmental Management in Practice: Vol 1

Instruments for Environmental Management

Author: Paul Compton,Dimitri Devuyst,Luc Hens,Bhaskar Nath

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134750781

Category: Social Science

Page: 544

View: 2677

Focuses on the instruments and tools currently available to the environmental manager. A theoretical background to the instruments is given together with an overview of those instruments that are in common use today, with particular attention to the physical, economic, legislative and communication instruments.