Mapping marginal lands in the Khorezm province (Aral Sea basin), prone to soil degradation
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Mirzakhayot Ibrakhimov, Inna Rudenko, Murod Sultonov, Alexander Lee, Davran Niyazmetov, Sodiqov Mansur, Ruzmetov Bahodir. (1/1/2011). Mapping marginal lands in the Khorezm province (Aral Sea basin), prone to soil degradation.
Integrated system approach including innovative partnership, diverse technologies and appropriate policies is a key to manage dryland systems. Accurate identification and description of the marginal land is a prerequisite for integrated intervention. This report represents a part of the activities of the strategic research theme (SRT) #2 “Reducing vulnerability in agro-ecosystems affected by degradation of natural resources” in the Aral Sea Region. The main goal of this activity is identifying and implementing alternative land use options for a sustainable management of the marginal land resources in the three CA countries (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan) for improving land productivity and livelihood of farmers and agro-pastoral communities and providing eco-systems services. The entire approach and concept for sustainable resource utilization is guided by the principle of efficiency: Making an effective use of marginal land while the resources saved can be more profitably concentrated on the productive croplands.