Greater Central Asia encompasses a vast area that includes deserts, natural grasslands, steppes, shrublands and alpine regions. Many of these land types are degraded and productivity is falling at a time when human populations and livestock inventories are on the rise. Ecosystem stability and biodiversity are under threat and there is an urgent need to develop more sustainable land management regimes. This book uses an integrated regional approach to provide a comprehensive exploration of sustainable land development in Central Asia. An interdisciplinary team of experts analyses the economic, ecological, sociological, technological and political factors surrounding sustainable land and water management in the region, sharing potential problems and solutions. As international concern about desertification grows, the book concludes by asking how the region is likely to develop in the future. This book will be of value to scholars, students, policy makers and NGOs with an interest in sustainable development in Central Asia.

part I|71 pages


chapter 1|20 pages

Greater Central Asia

Its peoples and their history and geography

chapter 3|24 pages

Managing the commons in the post-Soviet transition

What are the challenges of institutional change in pastoral systems in Uzbekistan?

part II|57 pages

Sustainable land management

chapter 4|24 pages

Sustainable land management

A pathway to sustainable development

chapter 5|14 pages

The future we want

Putting aspirations for a land degradation neutral world into practice in the GCA region

chapter 6|17 pages

Barriers to sustainable land management in Greater Central Asia

With special reference to the five former Soviet republics

part IV|40 pages

Thematic issues of SLM in Greater Central Asia

chapter 10|26 pages

Water in Central Asia

A cross-cutting management issue

chapter 11|12 pages

Water from the mountains of Greater Central Asia

A resource under threat

part V|57 pages

Consolidating and summarizing findings