The End of Desertification? : Disputing Environmental Change by Roy H. Behnke, Michael Mortimore

By Roy H. Behnke, Michael Mortimore

The query within the name of this booklet attracts cognizance to the shortcomings of an idea that has develop into a political instrument of world significance while the clinical foundation for its use grows weaker. the concept that of desertification, it may be argued, has ceased to be analytically helpful and distorts our knowing of social-environmental structures and their resiliency, quite in terrible international locations with variable rainfall and protracted poverty. For greater coverage and governance, we have to reassess the clinical justification for overseas makes an attempt to wrestle desertification.
Our exploration of those concerns starts within the Sahel of West Africa, the place a chain of critical droughts on the finish of the twentieth century ended in the worldwide institutionalization of the assumption of desertification. It now turns out incontrovertible that those droughts weren't triggered basically by way of neighborhood land use mismanagement, successfully terminating a long-standing coverage and medical debate. there's now a chance to regard this episode as an item lesson within the dating among technological know-how, the formation of public opinion and foreign policy-making.
Looking past the Sahel, the chapters during this publication offer case experiences from all over the world that research the use and relevance of the desertification notion. regardless of an more and more refined realizing of dryland environments and societies, the makes use of now being made up of the desertification suggestion in elements of Asia show some of the shortcomings of past paintings performed in Africa. It took scientists greater than 3 many years to remodel a perceived desertification challenge within the Sahel right into a non-event. This e-book is an attempt to seriously learn that have and speed up the educational procedure in different components of the world.

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