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Perception of desertification

R. L. Heathcote

United Nations University, 1980 – 134 pages

Volume 10 of NRTS (UNUP)

ISBN9280801902, 9789280801903

Most studies of desertification, acknowledge the role of human activity in affecting & often initiating the process. That human activity is in response to a variety of decisions on & systems of resource management.

This publication provides studies of resource management in four areas where desertification is said to be occurring & documents the role of perception of desertification in the decision-making on resource management.

The studies are on the dry zone of Sri Lanka, the Southern Great Plains of North America, the Murray Mallee of Southern Australia & the irrigation of the Murray Valley in South Australia.


Desertification: its causes and consequences

Pergamon Press, 1977 – 448 pages

Desertification: exploding the myth

Wiley, 1994 – Science – 194 pages
This controversial book argues that the reality of the expanding desert is not so much an objective scientific fact as a political, social and observational construct. Examines the origin of the desertification myth, how it spawned multimillion dollar research initiatives and became a leading environmental issue. Uses new research findings to demonstrate that this highly vaunted problem is extremely smaller and less locally significant than previously accepted. Includes a wealth of illustrations from global examples.

Desertification: natural background and human mismanagement

Springer-Verlag, 1994 – Science – 314 pages

Aridity: droughts and human development

At the intersection of environmental science and human biology this book deals with dry ecosystems – aridity, droughts, wind and its influence on soils and regulation – the societies affected by these ecosystems, and the inventiveness of those living under these conditions. These environments are the basis of nomad existence, of irrigated agriculture and of the first civilisations dependent on streams. Changes in the modern epoch, the ever-increasing technology and demographic development show that environmental degradation and the socio-economic situation cannot be explained by just one factor. This book tries to answer the question whether long-lasting development is possible in dry environments.

Desertification in the third millennium: proceedings of an international conference, Dubai,

12-15 February 2000
Taylor & Francis, 2003 – Science – 489 pages

Global desertification: do humans cause deserts?

Dahlem University Press, 2002 – Nature – 437 pages

Desertification of arid lands

Harold E. Dregne

Harwood Academic Publishers, 1983 – Nature – 242 pages


Physics of desertification

Springer, 1986 – Science – 473 pages
‘ a valuable compilation of papers which, taken together, indicate something of the scope and character of a problem that is of vital concern to people in countries of all degrees of development.’ Episodes, June 1987

The threatening desert: controlling desertification

Earthscan in association with United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, 1990 – Science – 369 pages

Desertification control bulletin, Issue 21

The Programme, 1992 – Political Science

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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