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The Arid Frontier : Interactive Management of Environment and Development - Hendrik J. Bruins

The Arid Frontier

Interactive Management of Environment and Development

By: Hendrik J. Bruins (Editor), Harvey Lithwick (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st December 1997
ISBN: 9780792342274
Number Of Pages: 385

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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.
Audience: This volume will be of great value to all those interested in Dryland Development and Management: professionals and policy-makers in governmental, international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as researchers, lecturers and students in Geography, Environmental Management, Regional Studies, Development Anthropology, Hazard and Disaster Management, Agriculture and Pastoralism, Land and Water Use, African Studies, and Renewable Energy Resources.

Preface and Acknowledgements
A Management Approach to Environment and Development
Proactive Planning and Interactive Management in Arid Frontier Developmentp. 3
Environmental Policy, Planning and Management: National, Regional and Multinational Dimensions
Drought Planning in the United States: Status and Future Directionsp. 33
Interregional Environmental Policy in Australia's Murray-Darling Basinp. 55
Environmental Law and Management in the Gulf of Aqabap. 75
Desertification and Climatic Variability in Arid Environments
Bioclimatic Aridity, Climatic Variability, Drought and Desertification: Definitions and Management Optionsp. 97
Environmental Science and Desertification at the Arid Frontierp. 117
Human-made Desertification in the Aral Sea Basin: Planning and Management Failuresp. 129
Drought Risk Assessment for Dryland Agriculture in Semi-arid Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, Indiap. 143
Drought, Food and Land Management in Africa
Traditional Management of Drought and Famine in Kenyap. 165
Land Tenure Frontiers and Food Security among Maasai Pastoralists in Kenyap. 185
Gestion de Terroir at the Frontier: Village Land Management of Peasants and Pastoralists in Beninp. 209
Wild Plants as Food Security in Namibia and Senegalp. 229
Management of Water Resources
Irrigation Development: Proactive Planning and Interactive Managementp. 251
Drought and Water Management in Californiap. 277
Cost-Benefit Analysis of Water Management Mega-Projects in India and Chinap. 295
Renewable Energy for Development of Arid Lands
Solar Energy in Arid Frontiers: Designing a Photovoltaic Power Plant for Kibbutz Samar, Israelp. 321
Rural Electrification with Renewable Energy: Geothermal Power in Arid Regionsp. 337
The Fuelwood Crisis in Arid Zones: Runoff Agriculture for Renewable Energy Productionp. 351
Lightweight Housing in Arid Zones: Thermal Comfort and Energy Usep. 365
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ISBN: 9780792342274
ISBN-10: 0792342275
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 385
Published: 31st December 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.82