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Land degradation in South Africa



  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 9781920499358
  • Language(s): English
  • Extent: 176 pages
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  • Category: Scholarly, Environmental studies

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In the same way that South Africa’s people were divided along racial lines, so too were its landscapes – into the predominantly communally farmed lands of the homelands and self-governing territories, and the commercial farming areas. These divisions, reflected in former government policy and local practice, have profoundly affected land degradation in South Africa. This book is based on a landmark report on land degradation arising from South Africa’s commitment to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. It reflects one of the first complete assessments of South Africa’s land degradation problem, taking into account not only agricultural and ecological concerns, but also the socio-political and historical context.

1.    Introduction to land degradation in South Africa
2.    Describing South Africa
3.    A history of intervention
4.    Investigating land degradation in South Africa
5.    Patterns of land use in South Africa
6.    Ground and surface water resources
7.    Veld degradation
8.    A combined index of degradation
9.    Causes of land degradation
10.    Predicting land degradation
11.    Summary and recommendations
12.    Ways forward: inspiration for action

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In the same way that South Africa’s people were divided along racial lines, so too were its landscapes – into the predominantly communally farmed lands of the homelands and self-governing territories, and the commercial farming areas. These divisions, reflected in former government policy and local practice, have profoundly affected land degradation in South Africa. This book is based on a landmark report on land degradation arising from South Africa’s commitment to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. It reflects one of the first complete assessments of South Africa’s land degradation problem, taking into account not only agricultural and ecological concerns, but also the socio-political and historical context.

1.    Introduction to land degradation in South Africa
2.    Describing South Africa
3.    A history of intervention
4.    Investigating land degradation in South Africa
5.    Patterns of land use in South Africa
6.    Ground and surface water resources
7.    Veld degradation
8.    A combined index of degradation
9.    Causes of land degradation
10.    Predicting land degradation
11.    Summary and recommendations
12.    Ways forward: inspiration for action

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