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dc.contributorBen Salem, Farahen_US
dc.contributorGamoun, Mouldien_US
dc.contributorChibani, Roukayaen_US
dc.contributorLouhaichi, Mouniren_US
dc.creatorOuled Belgacem, Azaiezen_US
dc.identifier.citationAzaiez Ouled Belgacem, Farah Ben Salem, Mouldi Gamoun, Roukaya Chibani, Mounir Louhaichi. (18/11/2019). Revival of traditional best practices for rangeland restoration under climate change in the dry areas: A case study from Southern Tunisia. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, 11 (5).en_US
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this paper is to illustrate the benefits of reintroducing traditional grazing systems practices for improving arid rangelands. Grazing is the most extensive land use in southern Tunisia, but the rangelands have suffered many decades of severe degradation due to profound socioeconomic changes and the emergence of an agro-pastoral society in place of the former pastoral one. Traditional grazing systems (gdel and herd mobility), which had historically allowed for grazing deferment and control of grazing livestock were abandoned. Yet grazing management strategies are important tools to sustain integrated livestock rangeland production systems in dry areas in the face of ongoing climate change and human pressure. Design/methodology/approach – This study assesses the revival of traditional best practices of rangeland resting in a representative community. Total plant cover, species composition, flora richness and range production were determined in six rangeland sites subjected respectively to one, two and three years of rest; one and two years of light grazing after rest; and free grazing (control). Findings – Results showed that dry rangelands keep their resilience to the negative effects of climate change once human pressure is controlled. A maximum of two years of rest is enough to sustainably manage the rangelands in southern Tunisia, as this protection showed considerable and positive effects on the parameters scored. Originality/value – The revival of the traditional best practices under new arrangements adapted to current biophysical and socioeconomic conditions would be an excellent tool to mitigate the negative effects of frequent droughts and reduce the animal feed costs that poor farmers face.en_US
dc.publisherEmerald Publishing Limiteden_US
dc.sourceInternational Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management;11,(2019)en_US
dc.subjectrest durationen_US
dc.titleRevival of traditional best practices for rangeland restoration under climate change in the dry areas: A case study from Southern Tunisiaen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.creator.idOuled Belgacem, Azaiez: 0000-0002-5946-7540en_US
cg.creator.idGamoun, Mouldi: 0000-0003-3714-7674en_US
cg.creator.idLouhaichi, Mounir: 0000-0002-4543-7631en_US
cg.subject.agrovocplant coveren_US
cg.subject.agrovocarid rangelandsen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.centerArid Regions Institute - IRAen_US
cg.contributor.crpCGIAR Research Program on Livestock Agri-Food Systems - Livestocken_US
cg.contributor.funderInternational Livestock Research Institute - ILRIen_US
cg.contributor.projectCGIAR Research Program on Livestock Agri-Food Systemsen_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.coverage.regionNorthern Africaen_US
cg.isijournalISI Journalen_US
dc.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US
cg.journalInternational Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Managementen_US

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