Rangeland Stewardship in Central Asia

Rangeland Stewardship in Central Asia

This volume of 18 chapters is the work of more than 30 authors, many of whom are

natives of the Central Asian region or are researchers who have dedicated a large part

of their working lives to studying the dynamics of people, livestock and climate (both

physical and socio-political) in this vast and fascinating region. The work focuses on

the 20 years since most of the countries in the region received independence after

the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990. But it also traces the attitudes of land users

to the land dating from the before late 19th century, when Russian conquest and

colonization occurred, and through the upheavals caused by Soviet-style collectivization

and sedentarization. De-collectivization has created its own dilemmas, not the least of

which are those related to land tenure and access rights to grazing lands and these are

discussed in the context of land stewardship.

The Central Asian region is huge and very diverse in agro-ecologies and production

systems. Even though the countries are now moving into different directions of overall

and policy development, the fundamental issues of sustainable agricultural development

remain common for all countries of the region. Better land stewardship is a foundation for

this strategic approach.

The book is rich with new data presented in 68 easy to understand charts/graphs (many in

color) and 50 Tables. Much of the information is new and was generated for this book by

experts working in-country.