Historical consideration of environmental dynamics in the identification of dryland degradation in Northern Damaraland

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Meadows, Michael E en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Jenks, Cheryl en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-14T18:04:28Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-14T18:04:28Z
dc.date.issued 1997 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Jenks, C. 1997. Historical consideration of environmental dynamics in the identification of dryland degradation in Northern Damaraland. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13883
dc.description Bibliography: leaves 72-81. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Dryland degradation is widely viewed as a major environmental issue and in many parts of Namibia is perceived to be significant to severe. In recent years, however, following a worldwide trend, there has been a re-evaluation and questioning of the extent, nature and causes of dryland degradation. Too often it seems pronouncements of degradation are based on limited data and a poor understanding of the context and functioning of dryland ecosystems. The aim of this report, therefore, is to demonstrate why an historical perspective of environmental dynamics is valuable in drylands for the identification of degradation and to evaluate the use of such a perspective using northern Damaraland a case study. In order to achieve this aim, several objectives were addressed, these being: to provide a clear and unambiguous definition of the term 'dryland degradation' or 'land degradation'; to review possible indicators and agents of environmental change and land degradation; to provide a conceptual framework that emphasises the importance of an historical; perspective, and the role of arid rangeland dynamics, in evaluating environmental change; to analyse environmental dynamics in northern Damaraland from an historical perspective, utilising aerial photography and archival data in the form of stock numbers; to highlight inherent problems and the utility of an historical perspective. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Environmental Science en_ZA
dc.title Historical consideration of environmental dynamics in the identification of dryland degradation in Northern Damaraland en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Science en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Environmental and Geographical Science en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MPhil en_ZA
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