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Title Eurasian steppes : ecological problems and livelihoods in a changing world / Marinus J.A. Werger, Marja A. van Staalduinen, editors
Published Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, ©2012


Description 1 online resource : color illustrations, maps
Series Plant and vegetation, 1875-1318 ; v. 6
Plant and vegetation ; v. 6.
Contents Part 1. STEPPE REGIONS -- Abiotic and Biotic Determinants of Steppe Productivity and Performance -- A View from Central Asia / Karsten Wesche and Jan Treiber -- The Steppe Biome in Russia: Ecosystem Services, Conservation Status, and Actual Challenges / Ilya E. Smelansky and Arkadiy A. Tishkov -- Steppes of Kazakhstan: Diversity and Present State / E.I. Rachkovskaya and T.M. Bragina -- The Central Anatolian Steppe / Harald Kürschner and Gerald Parolly -- Ukrainian Steppes in the Past, at Present and in the Future / Iryna Korotchenko and Mykyta Peregrym -- Cessation of Traditional Management Reduces the Diversity of Steppe-Like Grasslands in Romania Through Litter Accumulation / Eszter Ruprecht -- Past Trends, Present State and Future Prospects of Hungarian Forest-Steppes / Zs. Molnár, M. Biró, S. Bartha and G. Fekete -- The Dry Grasslands in Slovakia: History, Classification and Management / Daniela Dúbravková and Mária Hajnalová -- Iberian Steppes / Helios Sainz Ollero and Marja A. van Staalduinen -- Part 2. DEGRADATION -- Pastoral Degradation of Steppe Ecosystems in Central Mongolia / S.N. Bazha, P.D. Gunin, E.V. Danzhalova, Yu. I. Drobyshev and A.V. Prishcepa -- Plant Functional Types Across Dune Fixation Stages in the Chinese Steppe Zone and Their Applicability for Restoration of the Desertified Land / Ming Dong, Jianjiang Qiao, Xuehua Ye, Guofang Liu and Yu Chu -- Population Dynamics of a Key Steppe Species in a Changing World: The Critically Endangered Saiga Antelope / Valery M. Neronov, Anna A. Lushchekina, Tatiana Yu. Karimova and Nadezhda Yu. Arylova -- The Przewalski's Horse and Its Reintroduction in the Steppe of Hustai National Park, Mongolia / Piet Wit, Namkhai Bandi, Inge Bouman and Marja A. van Staalduinen -- Part 3. CLIMATE CHANGE -- Transformation of Steppe Communities of Yakutia Due to Climatic Change and Anthropogenic Impact / E.I. Troeva and M.M. Cherosov -- Influence of Climate Change on Vegetation and Wildlife in the Daurian Eco-region / Vadim E. Kirilyuk, Viktor A. Obyazov, Tatyana E. Tkachuk and Olga K. Kirilyuk -- Changes in the Southern Siberian Forest-Steppes / Irina B. Vorobyeva -- Effects of Climate Warming and Vegetation Cover on Permafrost of Mongolia / Natsagdorj Sharkhuu and Anarmaa Sharkhuu -- Part 4. LIVELIHOODS -- Degradation and Management of Steppes in China / Xiaoyong Cui, Ke Guo, Yanbin Hao and Zuozhong Chen -- Land Use Modernization and Agrarian and Conservation Prospects in the Russian Steppe / S.V. Levykin, A.A. Chibilyov and G.V. Kazachkov -- Rethinking Pastoral Risk Management in Mongolia / Stephan Baas, Savina Tessitore and Tessa Jelley -- Mongolian Nomads and Climate Change -- A Herder's View / Ts. Sanjmyatav
Summary Steppes form one of the largest biomes. Drastic changes in steppe ecology, land use and livelihoods came with the emergence, and again with the collapse, of communist states. Excessive ploughing and vast influx of people into the steppe zone led to a strong decline in nomadic pastoralism in the Soviet Union and China and in severely degraded steppe ecosystems. In Mongolia nomadic pastoralism persisted, but steppes degraded because of strongly increased livestock loads. After the Soviet collapse steppes regenerated on huge tracts of fallow land. Presently, new, restorative steppe land management schemes are applied. On top of all these changes come strong effects of climate change in the northern part of the steppe zone. This book gives an up-to-date overview of changes in ecology, climate and use of the entire Eurasian steppe area and their effects on livelihoods of steppe people. It integrates knowledge that so far was available only in a spectrum of locally used languages
Analysis Life sciences
Plant Ecology
Conservation biology
Climate Change
Conservation Biology/Ecology
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Subject Steppe ecology -- Eurasia
Steppes -- Eurasia -- Management
NATURE -- Ecosystems & Habitats -- Plains & Prairies.
Steppe ecology
Steppes -- Management
Form Electronic book
Author Werger, M. J. A.
Staalduinen, Marja A. van
ISBN 9789400738867