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The Social Dimensions of Desertification: Annotated Bibliography and Literature Review



Compiled by Yvette D. Evers.

This collection of nearly 600 references is the product of a co-operative venture involving UNRISD, IIED and UNEP. It provides a structured summary of information on the social dimensions of desertification and identifies some of the main gaps and biases in the literature. The review sets out a broad historical perspective of the external forces and social processes behind desertification in the different regions of the world. It discusses the heterogeneity of social structures of the various dryland populations and highlights location-specific examples of the socio-cultural, economic and environmental impacts of desertification on particular communities. It also looks at the numerous coping strategies evolved by dryland communities to deal with the risk and uncertainty of arid environments, and lessons learned from the policies and programmes of national governments and international organizations aimed at combating desertification. The book concludes with a discussion of future research priorities and measures that should be undertaken in collaboration with local people.
  • Publication and ordering details
  • Pub. Date: 1 Jan 1996
    Pub. Place: London
    Type: Paperback
    From: IIED
  • Pub. Date: 1 Jan 1996
    Pub. Place: Nairobi
    Type: Paperback
    From: UNEP