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Building Resilience of Human-Natural Systems of Pastoralism in the Developing World

Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Editors: Dong, S., Kassam, K.-A.S., Tourrand, J.F., Boone, R.B. (Eds.)

  • Reviews the history, distribution and patterns of pastoralism Provides an analysis framework that aims to help understand the transitions and the impacts of human-natural systems in the pastoral regions in the world
  • Identifies successful models in promoting coupled human-natural systems of pastoralism
  • Discusses ways to break the coupled human-cultural pastoralism system through examining representative cases in Central Asia, Himalaya, eastern Africa, the European Alps and South American Andes
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About this book

This edited volume summarizes information about the situational context, threats, problems, challenges and solutions for sustainable pastoralism at a global scale. The book has four goals. The first goal is to summarize the information about the history, distribution and patterns of pastoralism and to identify the importance of pastoralism from social, economic and environmental perspectives. The results of an empirical investigation of the environmental and socio-economic implications of pastoralism in representative pastoral regions in the world are also incorporated.
The second goal is to argue that breaking coupled human-natural systems of pastoralism leads to degradation of pastoral ecosystems and to create an analysis framework to assess the vulnerability of worldwide pastoralism. Our analysis framework provides approaches to help comprehensively understand the transitions and the impacts of human-natural systems in the pastoral regions in the world.
The third goal is to identify the successful models in promoting coupled human-natural systems of pastoralism, and to learn lessons of breaking coupled human-cultural pastoralism systems through examining the representative cases in regions including Central Asia, Southern and Eastern Asia, Northern and Eastern Africa, the European Alps and South America.
The fourth goal is to identify the strategies to build the resilience of the coupled human-natural systems of pastoralism worldwide. We hope that our book can facilitate the further examination of sustainable development of coupled human-natural systems of pastoralism by providing the summaries of existing data and information related to the pastoralism development, and by offering a framework for better understanding and analysis of their social, economic and environmental implications.

About the authors

Dr.Dong Shikui is currently a full Professor at School of Environment, Beijing Normal University and an Adjunct Professor at Natural Resource Department of Cornell University, as well as a fellow of India China Institute and New School, New York. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in Grassland Science from Gansu Agricultural University in 1995 and 1998, respectively; he received his PhD in Grassland Ecology from Gansu Agricultural University in 2001; and he completed his post-doc program in Natural Sciences at Beijing Normal University in 2003.
Dr. Karim-Aly S. Kassam is International Professor of Environmental and Indigenous Studies in the Department of Natural Resources and the American Indian Program at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the American Indian Program.
Dr. Randall B. Boone is a Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University.
Dr. Jean François Tourrand is a Senior Researcher at the Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomiquepour le Développement (CIRAD) in France.

Reviews

“This is a fantastic book, which provides an album of rich information and deep insights for both researchers and policymakers in framing research/monitoring programs and designing policy actions in vast pastoral regions worldwide. I highly recommend it to scientists, planners, educators, students and many more who are involved in the actions for promoting the sustainability of worldwide pastoralism. This is a book that attracts you to read, think, and act right away.” (Xinquan Zhao, PhD, Professor, Director, Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

“This book represents an important contribution to understanding and protecting the world’s extensive grasslands that convey critical ecosystem services to millions of people in developing countries. Challenges to maintaining pastoralism in the face of global change have led to continuing land degradation and the concurrent loss of rural livelihoods, biodiversity, and critical watershed functioning. Professor Dong and his colleagues have successfully addressed the complexity of this wicked environmental problem by coupling the dynamics of human behavior and ecosystem processes and providing strategies for promoting sustainable pastoralism worldwide. Their comprehensive assessment will provide guidance for scientists, managers, and government agencies seeking the sustainable development of the world’s valuable grassland ecosystems.” (James P. Lassoie, Ph.D., International Professor of Conservation, Cornell University)

“Pastoral systems are good examples of the coupled linkages between human and natural systems.
Current impacts of globalization, global environmental changes and local social-economic changes are affecting the adaptive capacity of the systems beyond the historic ranges of the pastoral communities to cope.
Exploring how to build enhanced resilience in these systems are critical to the survival of these communities in their current situations.
The book provides an excellent insights in how to harness available ecosystem services, enhance land management practices, and to better align policy and socioeconomic instruments to support these pastoral systems in the developing world.” (Dennis Ojima, Professor, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Overview: Pastoralism in the World

    Dong, Shikui

    Pages 1-37

  • Vulnerability and Resilience of Human-Natural Systems of Pastoralism Worldwide

    Dong, Shikui (et al.)

    Pages 39-92

  • Maintaining the Human–Natural Systems of Pastoralism in the Himalayas of South Asia and China

    Dong, Shikui (et al.)

    Pages 93-135

  • Sociocultural and Ecological Systems of Pastoralism in Inner Asia: Cases from Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia in China and the Pamirs of Badakhshan, Afghanistan

    Kassam, Karim-Aly S. (et al.)

    Pages 137-175

  • Building New Human–Natural Systems for Sustainable Pasture Management in South America

    Morales, Hermes (et al.)

    Pages 177-208

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
price for USA (gross)
valid through October 16, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-30732-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
valid through October 16, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-30730-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Building Resilience of Human-Natural Systems of Pastoralism in the Developing World
Book Subtitle
Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Editors
  • Shikui Dong
  • Karim-Aly S. Kassam
  • Jean François Tourrand
  • Randall B. Boone
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-30732-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-30732-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-30730-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 298
Number of Illustrations and Tables
20 b/w illustrations, 91 illustrations in colour
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