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Grassland Degradation, Restoration and Sustainable Management of Global Alpine Area

1st Edition - July 1, 2024

Editors: Zhanhuan Shang, A Allan Degen, Shikui Dong, Huakun Zhou, Yushou Ma

Language: English
Paperback ISBN:
9 7 8 - 0 - 4 4 3 - 2 1 8 8 2 - 8
eBook ISBN:
9 7 8 - 0 - 4 4 3 - 2 1 8 8 1 - 1

Grassland Degradation, Restoration and Sustainable Management of Global Alpine Area involves the stripping and regeneration of the grassland’s mattic epipedon. The stripping of the… Read more

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Grassland Degradation, Restoration and Sustainable Management of Global Alpine Area involves the stripping and regeneration of the grassland’s mattic epipedon. The stripping of the mattic epipedon is a unique phenomenon on the global alpine area, which has left many unanswered questions. Is stripping degradation an inherent, inevitable feature of the alpine grassland ecosystem? Is it an avoidable occurrence? Why is ecological restoration of stripped degraded grassland extremely difficult? Does restoration rely on reconstructing the grassland’s mattic epipedon? Or can it be done in another way? How can sustainable ecological restoration be achieved?

Frontline researchers in global alpine area have used observational evidence from field studies to respond to these questions and to present a comprehensive picture of the problems and drivers of grassland degradation. The climate-environment interaction mechanism of grassland degradation is revealed by the holistic approach in this book. Ecological restoration is discussed through social and economic participation, and past and present restoration actions are analyzed from the perspective of traditional culture and ecological ethics. The future sustainable management of grassland under climate change and social and economic development trend is also covered. This book will alert people to the dangers of degradation and to the difficulties encountered in ecological restoration.