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Wild Rangelands: Conserving Wildlife While Maintaining Livestock in Semi-Arid Ecosystems

Johan du Toit (Editor), Richard Kock (Editor), James Deutsch (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-9488-4
448 pages
January 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Rangeland ecosystems which include unimproved grasslands, shrublands, savannas and semi-deserts, support half of the world’s livestock, while also providing habitats for some of the most charismatic of wildlife species. This book examines the pressures on rangeland ecosystems worldwide from human land use, over-hunting, and subsistence and commercial farming of livestock and crops. Leading experts have pooled their experiences from all continents to cover the ecological, sociological, political, veterinary, and economic aspects of rangeland management today.   This book provides practitioners and students of rangeland management and wildland conservation with a diversity of perspectives on a central question: can rangelands be wildlands?
  • The first book to examine rangelands from a conservation perspective
  • Emphasizes the balance between the needs of people and livestock, and wildlife
  • Written by an international team of experts covering all geographical regions
  • Examines ecological, sociological, political, veterinary, and economic aspects of rangeland management and wildland conservation, providing a diversity of perspectives not seen before in a single volume
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Contributors.

Preface.

Foreword by Anthony R. E. Sinclair & George B. Schaller

1. Introduction: A review of rangeland conservation issues in an uncertain future (Monica L. Wrobel & Kent H. Redford).

Part I - Thematic Reviews

2. Riding the rangelands piggyback: a resilience approach to conservation management (Brian Walker).

3. Addressing the mismatches between livestock production and wildlife conservation across spatiotemporal scales and institutional levels (Johan T. du Toit).

4. Rangeland conservation and shrub encroachment: new perspectives on an old problem (Steven R. Archer).

5. Health and disease in wild rangelands (Richard Kock, Mike Kock, Sarah Cleaveland & Gavin Thomson).

6. Contemporary views of human-carnivore conflicts on wild rangelands (Alexandra Zimmermann, Nick Baker, Chloe Inskip, John D.C. Linnell, Silvio Marchini, John Odden, Greg Rasmussen & Adrian Treves).

7. Financial incentives for rangeland conservation: addressing the “show-us-the-money” challenge (Ray Victurine & Charles Curtin).

Part II – Case Studies

8. Biodiversity conservation in Australian tropical rangelands (Stephen T. Garnett, John C.Z. Woinarski, Gabriel M. Crowley, and Alex S. Kutt).

9. Livestock grazing and wildlife conservation in the American West: historical, policy, and conservation biology perspectives (Thomas L. Fleischner).

10. Guanaco management in Patagonian rangelands: a conservation opportunity on the brink of collapse

Ricardo Baldi, Andrés Novaro, Martín Funes, Susan Walker, Pablo Ferrando, Mauricio Failla & Pablo Carmanchahi

11. Multiple use of Trans-Himalayan rangelands: reconciling human livelihoods with wildlife conservation (Charudutt Mishra, Sumanta Bagchi, Tsewang Namgail & Yash Veer Bhatnagar).

12. Herders and hunters in a transitional economy: the challenge of wildlife and rangeland management in post-socialist Mongolia (Katie M. Scharf, María E. Fernández-Giménez, Batjav Batbuyan & Sumiya Enkhbold).

13. Social and economic challenges for conservation in east African rangelands: land use, livelihoods and wildlife change in Maasailand (Katherine Homewood & Michael Thompson).

14. The future for wildlife on Kenya's rangelands: an economic perspective (Michael Norton-Griffiths & Mohammed Y. Said).

15. Synthesis: Local and global solutions to the challenge of keeping rangelands wild (James C. Deutsch).

Index

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Johan T. du Toit is a professor at Utah State University, where he is the Head of the Department of Wildland Resources. He is especially interested in the ecology of large mammals and the conservation of terrestrial ecosystems through the fusion of science and management.
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  • The first book to examine rangelands from a conservation perspective
  • Emphasizes the balance between the needs of people and livestock, and wildlife
  • Written by an international team of experts covering all geographical regions
  • Examines ecological, sociological, political, veterinary, and economic aspects of rangeland management and wildland conservation, providing a diversity of perspectives not seen before in a single volume
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"That said, ‘Wild rangelands' provides an extensive and up-to-date treatment of challenges and issues for rangeland conservation, and the plight of those who rely on livestock for livelihoods is strongly drawn into both the case studies and the more conceptual chapters. Hence, ‘Wild rangelands' will provide an informative and useful volume from a variety of perspectives." (Pastoralism: Research, Policy & Practice, 2011)

 

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