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Policy and practice in the management of tropical watersheds
Pereira, H. C. (Herbert Charles), 1913-
Publication Information:
Boulder : Westview Press ; London : Belhaven Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
xvi, 237 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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Central Library TC526.5 .P47 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A systematic analysis of a crucial aspect of environmental management in developing countries. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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This book was written with the premise that tropical watersheds in developing countries are being degraded at a rapidly increasing rate resulting in a deterioration of the inhabitants' welfare. Pereira, a well-known international agricultural researcher, presents a case for watershed management as the key to building flourishing systems of agriculture and agroforestry through proper management of soil and water resources. Because watershed lands are used for various purposes (food, water, and energy) and as a result the demands placed on watersheds are often competing, the author assesses strategies for developing these multiple watershed resources. Also considered in this analysis is the fact that downstream demands are affected by upstream uses. Case studies are presented, primarily from Africa and Asia. The quality of the figures, drawings, and photos is variable; the references cited are intended for managers who are not research oriented. A book that uniquely covers an important topic; definitely recommended for academic libraries. -M. M. Fogel, University of Arizona

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