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The Role of grazing in agropastoral systems in the Mediterranean region and their environmental sustainability

Enne, Giuseppe and Zucca, Claudio and Montoldi, Anna and Noè, Lorenzo (2004) The Role of grazing in agropastoral systems in the Mediterranean region and their environmental sustainability. In: Schnabel, Susanne and Ferreira, Alfredo (eds). Sustainability of agrosilvopastoral systems: dehesas, montados. Reiskirchen, Germany, Catena Verlag. p. 29-46. (Advances in Geoecology, 37). ISBN 3-923381-50-6. Book Section.

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Abstract

Agro-pastoral systems have significantly contributed in shaping the landscapes of the Mediterranean basin. These systems vary widely according to the differing climatic, cultural and socio-economic conditions under which they developed; from the Parcours of the Maghreb steppes to the dehesas in the Iberian peninsula, and from the Mediterranean islands to inland mountain regions. Their present particularities developed both in response to internal needs within the farming systems (need to increase production while reducing costs) and external forces (competition with other activities for the use of land). In many cases recent changes evolved from increased grazing. Overgrazing represents one of the causes for desertification in many areas of the Mediterranean region. To mitigate this problem a better knowledge of agropastoral systems is first needed. Then, methods must be devised to model and assess environmental impacts, land suitability to grazing, and optimal stocking rate.

Item Type:Book Section
ID Code:2573
Status:Published
Uncontrolled Keywords:Pastoral systems, grazing, sustainability, Mediterranean
Subjects:Area 07 - Scienze agrarie e veterinarie > AGR/19 Zootecnica speciale
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Scienze zootecniche
001 Università di Sassari > 02 Centri > Centro interdipartimentale Nucleo di ricerca sulla desertificazione
Publisher:Catena Verlag
Copyright Holders:© 2004 Catena Verlag
ISBN:3-923381-50-6
Additional Information:Depositato per gentile concessione dell'Editore.
Deposited On:18 Aug 2009 10:08

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