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Integrated Approaches to Sustainable Watershed Management in Xeric Environments

Integrated Approaches to Sustainable Watershed Management in Xeric Environments
  • Author : V Ratna Reddy,Geoff Syme,Chiranjeevi Tallapragada
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2019-06-14
  • Total pages :223
  • ISBN : 9780128152768
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Summary : Integrated Approaches to Sustainable Watershed Management in Xeric Environments: A Training Manual provides the reader with the tools they need to understand an integrated approach to watershed management. The book presents a conceptual framework of water management based on the authors’ vast experience. Topics covered include a scientific background of watershed management and the integration of geohydraulic and socioeconomic factors. Key points are further enhanced with case studies, problem sets, Bayesian Networks and quizzes to educate watershed managers, industry professionals and agencies. Authored by a team of leaders in the field who are responsible for groundbreaking research in the area, this book draws on their experience synthesizing scientific, practical, on the ground expertise. This is an essential tool for researchers and professionals in environmental, water or natural resource management. Presents an integrated approach—combining different sciences— that allows for the improved design of watersheds through the integration of biophysical, land use and socioeconomic analyses Contains activities for self-evaluation Includes case studies drawing from field experiences, giving the reader deeper insights into challenges faced, practical problems and solutions

Managing Natural Resources for Development in Africa

Managing Natural Resources for Development in Africa
  • Author : Washington Odongo Ochola,P. C. Sanginga,Isaac Bekalo
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2010
  • Total pages :538
  • ISBN : 9789966792099
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Summary : The complex and dynamic interlinks between natural resource management (NRM) and development have long been recognized by national and international research and development organizations and have generated voluminous literature. However, much of what is available in the form of university course books, practical learning manuals and reference materials in NRM is based on experiences from outside Africa. Managing Natural Resources for Development in Africa: A Resource Book provides an understanding of the various levels at which NRM issues occur and are being addressed scientifically, economically, socially and politically. The book's nine chapters present state-of-the-art perspectives within a holistic African context. The book systematically navigates the tricky landscape of integrated NRM, with special reference to Eastern and Southern Africa, against the backdrop of prevailing local, national, regional and global social, economic and environmental challenges. The authors' wide experience, the rich references made to emerging challenges and opportunities, and the presentation of different tools, principles, approaches, case studies and processes make the book a rich and valuable one-stop resource for postgraduate students, researchers, policymakers and NRM practitioners. The book is designed to help the reader grasp in-depth NRM perspectives and presents innovative guidance for research design and problem solving, including review questions, learning activities and recommended further reading. The book was developed through a writeshop process by a multi-disciplinary team of lecturers from the University of Nairobi, Egerton University, Kenyatta University, the University of Zimbabwe, the University of Malawi, Makerere University and the University of Dar es Salam. In addition, selected NRM experts from regional and international research organizations including the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), the Africa Forest Forum, RUFORUM, IIRR and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) participated in the writeshop and contributed material to the book.

People and Rangelands

People and Rangelands
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1999
  • Total pages :562
  • ISBN : 0957739419
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Valuing Ecosystem Services

Valuing Ecosystem Services
  • Author : National Research Council,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Water Science and Technology Board,Committee on Assessing and Valuing the Services of Aquatic and Related Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2005-05-14
  • Total pages :290
  • ISBN : 9780309093187
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Summary : Nutrient recycling, habitat for plants and animals, flood control, and water supply are among the many beneficial services provided by aquatic ecosystems. In making decisions about human activities, such as draining a wetland for a housing development, it is essential to consider both the value of the development and the value of the ecosystem services that could be lost. Despite a growing recognition of the importance of ecosystem services, their value is often overlooked in environmental decision-making. This report identifies methods for assigning economic value to ecosystem servicesâ€"even intangible onesâ€"and calls for greater collaboration between ecologists and economists in such efforts.

Geospatial Tools for Urban Water Resources

Geospatial Tools for Urban Water Resources
  • Author : Patrick L. Lawrence
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-09-04
  • Total pages :194
  • ISBN : 9789400747340
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Summary : This book examines the application of geotechniques to address a wide range of issues facing urban water resources. Growing populations leading to urbanization and related development have lead to problems associated with water quality, storm water management, flood control, environmental health, and related ecosystem impacts. Major cities and other urban areas are facing challenges in addressing the implications of impacts to water resources. Recent innovations in geotechnologies, including Geographic Information Science (GIS), remote sensing, and other spatial tools and techniques, provide great opportunities and potential to assist in dealing with these problems. This volume provides a series of case studies that examine the application of new methods and approaches in a range of geotechnologies as utilized to better understand and resolve urban water resource concerns in communities throughout the world. Computer based mapping, spatial analysis, satellite imagery, decision support systems, web based applications, aerial photography, and other methods are highlighted by their development and application. The research presented in this volume will provide for an excellent source of knowledge and learning to assist professionals, experts, and students with a better understanding of how the use of geotechnologies can be used to assist urban communities to address water resource challenges.

Forest management and the impact on water resources

Forest management and the impact on water resources
  • Author : García Chevesich, Pablo,Neary, Daniel G.,Scott, David F.,Benyon, Richard G.,Reyna, Teresa
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017-04-24
  • Total pages :198
  • ISBN : 9789231002168
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Forest Hydrology

Forest Hydrology
  • Author : David R. DeWalle
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011
  • Total pages :474
  • ISBN : 1907161171
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Desertification in the Mediterranean Region. A Security Issue

Desertification in the Mediterranean Region. A Security Issue
  • Author : W.G. Kepner,Jose L. Rubio,David A. Mouat,Fausto Pedrazzini
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2006-01-04
  • Total pages :593
  • ISBN : 9781402037603
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Summary : Focuses on two basic concepts: security and desertification in the Mediterranean Region and their linkages. This book provides a multi-lateral forum for cooperation, information exchange, and dialogue among the environmental, development, foreign and security policy communities within the Mediterranean Region.

Sustainability for the Nation

Sustainability for the Nation
  • Author : National Research Council,Policy and Global Affairs,Science and Technology for Sustainability Program,Committee on Sustainability Linkages in the Federal Government
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-07-11
  • Total pages :142
  • ISBN : 9780309262309
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Summary : A "sustainable society," according to one definition, "is one that can persist over generations; one that is far-seeing enough, flexible enough, and wise enough not to undermine either its physical or its social system of support." As the government sector works hard to ensure sufficient fresh water, food, energy, housing, health, and education for the nation without limiting resources for the future generations, it's clear that there is no sufficient organization to deal with sustainability issues. Each federal agency appears to have a single mandate or a single area of expertise making it difficult to tackle issues such as managing the ecosystem. Key resource domains, which include water, land, energy, and nonrenewable resources, for example, are nearly-completely connected yet different agencies exist to address only one aspect of these domains. The legendary ecologist John Muir wrote in 1911 that "when we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." Thus, in order for the nation to be successful in sustaining its resources, "linkages" will need to be built among federal, state, and local governments; nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); and the private sector. The National Research Council (NRC) was asked by several federal agencies, foundations, and the private sector to provide guidance to the federal government on issues related to sustainability linkages. The NRC assigned the task to as committee with a wide range of expertise in government, academia, and business. The committee held public fact-finding meetings to hear from agencies and stakeholder groups; examined sustainability management examples; conducted extensive literature reviews; and more to address the issue. Sustainability for the Nation: Resource Connection and Governance Linkages is the committee's report on the issue. The report includes insight into high-priority areas for governance linkages, the challenges of managing connected systems, impediments to successful government linkages, and more. The report also features examples of government linkages which include Adaptive Management on the Platte River, Philadelphia's Green Stormwater Infrastructure, and Managing Land Use in the Mojave.

Highlands and Drylands

Highlands and Drylands
  • Author : Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011
  • Total pages :113
  • ISBN : 9251068917
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Summary : Dryland mountains are of great strategic value to regional and global development. They provide up to 90% of the freshwater supply to surrounding dry lowlands with more than a quarter of the world's biodiversity hotspots found in drylands mountains. Yet these mountains regions are under increasing threat from climate change and unsustainable forms of land use, including mining and tourism. This publication presents the socio economy and environment of dryland mountains, the current threats they face, and good practice in sustainable development. It concludes with key messages for policy and decision makers.

Environment and Development

Environment and Development
  • Author : Stavros G. Poulopoulos,Vassilis J. Inglezakis
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-05-23
  • Total pages :594
  • ISBN : 9780444627438
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Summary : Environment and Development: Basic Principles, Human Activities, and Environmental Implications focuses on the adverse impact that human activities, developments, and economic growth have on both natural and inhabited environments. The book presents the associated problems, along with solutions that can be used to achieve a harmonic, sustainable development that provides for the co-existence of man and natural life. Chapters provide detailed information on a range of environments including: atmospheric, aquatic, soil, natural, urban, energy, and extraterrestrial, as well as the relationship between the environment and development. In addition, this comprehensive book presents the latest research findings and trends in global environmental policy for each issue. Offers a discussion of the extraterrestrial environment and waste in earth orbit as one of the distinctive topics of the book Addresses global environmental policy issues and policies Presents tabulated data to support the analysis and explain the issues presented Includes case studies covering many topics of current interest Analyzes environmental issues and proposes solutions grounded in recent research findings Discusses the various interpretations of the development concept as well as alternative pathways to sustainable development

Therapeutic Landscapes

Therapeutic Landscapes
  • Author : Clare Cooper Marcus,Naomi A Sachs
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-10-21
  • Total pages :336
  • ISBN : 9781118231913
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Summary : This comprehensive and authoritative guide offers an evidence-based overview of healing gardens and therapeutic landscapes from planning to post-occupancy evaluation. It provides general guidelines for designers and other stakeholders in a variety of projects, as well as patient-specific guidelines covering twelve categories ranging from burn patients, psychiatric patients, to hospice and Alzheimer's patients, among others. Sections on participatory design and funding offer valuable guidance to the entire team, not just designers, while a planting and maintenance chapter gives critical information to ensure that safety, longevity, and budgetary concerns are addressed.

Ecological Issues in a Changing World

Ecological Issues in a Changing World
  • Author : Sun-Kee Hong,John A. Lee,Byung-Sun Ihm,A. Farina,Yowhan Son,Kim Eun-Shik,Jae C. Choe
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2005-01-13
  • Total pages :426
  • ISBN : 1402026889
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Summary : This volume offers selected contributions to the 8th International Congress of Ecology to illuminate large-scale ecological problems and discuss how these can be managed through a variety of planning processes. From mathematical approaches to improve understanding of complex ecosystems, to monitoring activity and human impact, this book covers a truly global range of issues. The book concludes with a summary of the Congress, and a discussion of possible future directions.

Global Deserts Outlook

Global Deserts Outlook
  • Author : Exequiel Ezcurra
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2006-01-01
  • Total pages :148
  • ISBN : 9280727222
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Summary : The Global Deserts Outlook presents a panorama of the environmental status of the world's deserts: their location and extent, uniqueness and vulnerability, biodiversity and natural resources. The report provides a balanced picture of deserts as ecosystems which form a special part of the world's natural and cultural heritage, and not simply as land that is the end result of the process of desertification. Few places on earth contain a richer collection of natural adaptations to the environment. Readers are challenged to consider the development potential of deserts and their conservation needs, to explore what would be the most appropriate and sustainable livelihoods for people living in desert areas. Deserts do not have much water, but they do have other natural resources. The knowledge and technology exist to manage these resources sustainably; the challenge lies with determining and implementing appropriate actions for desirable long-term outcomes

Transdisciplinary Challenges in Landscape Ecology and Restoration Ecology - An Anthology

Transdisciplinary Challenges in Landscape Ecology and Restoration Ecology - An Anthology
  • Author : Zev Naveh
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2007-06-06
  • Total pages :426
  • ISBN : 9781402044229
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Summary : Capitalizing on forty years of intensive ecological studies, this anthology presents a collection of widely dispersed major publications on theoretical and practical Mediterranean, global environmental and landscape issues. Each chapter features a comprehensive study of ecological and landscape issues, synthesized in the introduction, and woven with autobiographical experiences. The concluding chapter calls for a transdisciplinary shift in all environmental scientific fields and particularly in landscape and restoration ecology, to cope with the complex, closely interwoven ecological, socio-economical, political and cultural crises facing human society during the present crucial transition from the industrial to the post-industrial, global information age. Updating and broadening the scope of the groundbreaking Springer book on Landscape Theory and Applications by the author and Lieberman (1994), this is a unique transdisciplinary attempt based on advanced systems complexity theories, which link the natural and human sciences.

Bibliography of Agriculture

Bibliography of Agriculture
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1991
  • Total pages :229
  • ISBN : PSU:000057553740
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From Catchment Management to Managing River Basins

From Catchment Management to Managing River Basins
  • Author : M. Dinesh Kumar,V. Ratna Reddy,A. J. James
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2019-06-08
  • Total pages :366
  • ISBN : 9780128148525
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Summary : From Catchment Management to Managing River Basins: Science, Technology Choices, Institutions and Policy synthesizes key scientific facts crucial for catchment assessment, planning and river basin water accounting. The book presents extensive reviews of international literature on catchment hydrology, forest hydrology and other hydrological processes, such as groundwater-surface water interactions. It discusses not only the science of catchment assessment and planning, but also the catchment planning process. It documents several of the positive international experiences with integrated catchment management and integrated basin management, distilling key learnings. Case studies from India and other parts of South Asia are also included, along with new pilot studies. Finally, the book discusses the theoretical and operational aspects of integrated catchment management and integrated water management in river basins using international best practices and case studies. Discusses the theoretical nuances of scale effects in hydrology and land-use hydrology interactions Focuses on managing water in a situation in which water has become scarce Provides a theoretical discussion on water accounting procedures that is followed by an application of the methodology and tools in real-life case studies in two river basins of India Presents applications of the concept of integrated water resources management for developing a WRM plan for an Indian river basin

Changing Views on Change

Changing Views on Change
  • Author : Joanne Abbot,Irene Guijt
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1998
  • Total pages :96
  • ISBN : 1904035817
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American Book Publishing Record

American Book Publishing Record
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1998
  • Total pages :229
  • ISBN : 0835239764
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Africa Environment Outlook 2

Africa Environment Outlook 2
  • Author : United Nations,United Nations Environment Programme,United Nations Dept,United Nations Environemnt Programme Staff,African Ministerial Conference on the Environment
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2006
  • Total pages :542
  • ISBN : 9280726919
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Summary : This is the second comprehensive report on the state of Africa's environment, produced in collaboration with the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). This report highlights the central position Africa's environment continues to play in sustainable development, as well as its potential to achieve progress in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals. The report profiles Africa's environmental resources as an asset for the continent's development. It highlights the opportunities presented by the region's natural resource base to support the continent's development. It also underscores the concept of sustainable livelihoods, and the importance of the environmental initiatives in supporting them.

Ecosystems of California

Ecosystems of California
  • Author : Harold Mooney,Erika Zavaleta
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-01-19
  • Total pages :1008
  • ISBN : 9780520278806
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Summary : This long-anticipated reference and sourcebook for California’s remarkable ecological abundance provides an integrated assessment of each major ecosystem type—its distribution, structure, function, and management. A comprehensive synthesis of our knowledge about this biologically diverse state, Ecosystems of California covers the state from oceans to mountaintops using multiple lenses: past and present, flora and fauna, aquatic and terrestrial, natural and managed. Each chapter evaluates natural processes for a specific ecosystem, describes drivers of change, and discusses how that ecosystem may be altered in the future. This book also explores the drivers of California’s ecological patterns and the history of the state’s various ecosystems, outlining how the challenges of climate change and invasive species and opportunities for regulation and stewardship could potentially affect the state’s ecosystems. The text explicitly incorporates both human impacts and conservation and restoration efforts and shows how ecosystems support human well-being. Edited by two esteemed ecosystem ecologists and with overviews by leading experts on each ecosystem, this definitive work will be indispensable for natural resource management and conservation professionals as well as for undergraduate or graduate students of California’s environment and curious naturalists.