Rangelands A Resource Under Siege

Author: P. J. Joss
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521309363
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This volume comprises the proceedings of the Second International Rangelands Congress held in Adelaide, Australia in May 1984, and includes some 350 contributions drawn from 43 different countries. The Congress addressed the problem of the conflict between land-users and the degradation of this valuable resource. Some 40% of the Earth's land surface is and or alpine and therefore unsuitable for agricultural cultivation. Collectively, these lands are known as rangelands and in their natural state they constitute a habitat for grazing animals, both domestic and wild. Despite their low productivity, rangelands have been used for thousands of years as a source of food and fibre, but other uses such as mining, tourism, recreation and conservation are exerting increasing demands. The result is often conflict between land-users and degradation of the resource.

The Governance Of Rangelands

Author: Pedro M. Herrera
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317665163
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Rangelands are large natural landscapes that can include grasslands, shrublands, savannahs and woodlands. They are greatly influenced by, and often dependent on, the action of herbivores. In the majority of rangelands the dominant herbivores are found in domestic herds that are managed by mobile pastoralists. Most pastoralists manage their rangelands communally, benefitting from the greater flexibility and seasonal resource access that common property regimes can offer. As this book shows, this creates a major challenge for governance and institutions. This work improves our understanding of the importance of governance, how it can be strengthened and the principles that underpin good governance, in order to prevent degradation of rangelands and ensure their sustainability. It describes the nature of governance at different levels: community governance, state governance, international governance, and the unique features of rangelands that demand collective action (issues of scale, ecological disequilibrium and seasonality). A series of country case studies is presented, drawn from a wide spectrum of examples from Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Europe and North America. These provide contrasting lessons which are summarised to promote improved governance of rangelands and pastoralist livelihoods.

A Place To Stay

Author: Jennie Jones
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
ISBN: 1489221131
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Book 1 in The Rangelands series. A remote outback home where she can become someone new–and maybe find a forever love? Rachel Meade is a woman with a past she wants to escape from. Finding herself in Mt Maria, a small outback town in Western Australia, she thinks she's found a place to stay. Before she knows it, Rachel is corralled into helping with the Tidy Town competition by the Dramatic Society widows who have a tendency to gossip and take charge. It's not in her plan, but she finds herself allowing friendships to develop. She's even more surprised by her growing attraction to the town's engaging senior police officer. Ex–detective Senior Sergeant Luke Weston knows anything and everything happens in the country, and he's seen it all–stolen chickens, pub fights and alleged cheating for the Tidy Town competition are only some of puzzles Mt Maria offers Luke. He's been playing for Rachel, thinking maybe she's the one. Then he gets news that the Crime Squad are looking for her, and he's ordered to get close and stay close. Is Rachel in trouble, or is she the trouble? Luke is fighting his attraction to a woman he might have to take into custody, and it looks like he's going to be arresting more than one person before the end of the week. Luke needs to restore peace in his corner of the outback, but he knows he's not going to get out of this without getting his heart busted. With her past catching up with her, Rachel has to decide whether it's time to cut and run again, or whether this time she's found the person–and the place–to finally heal her heart.