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dc.contributorBen Salem, Farahen_US
dc.contributorBelfekih, Ezzeddineen_US
dc.contributorJarray, Amoren_US
dc.contributorGouhis, Fethien_US
dc.contributorOuled Belgacem, Azaiezen_US
dc.creatorLouhaichi, Mouniren_US
dc.identifier.citationMounir Louhaichi, Farah Ben Salem, Ezzeddine Belfekih, Amor Jarray, Fethi Gouhis, Azaiez Ouled Belgacem. (2/2/2018). Response of arid rangelands to deferred grazing in Southern Tunisia. Nevada, United States.en_US
dc.description.abstractRangelands in north Africa and the near east in general provide numerous goods and services that have great economic, social, cultural, and biological values. For centuries, inhabitants of rangelands have engineered pastoral and farming systems that have sustained their livelihoods in these harsh and dry environments. Unfortunately, these rangelands have undergone profound socio-economic changes where traditional grazing systems (transhumance and nomadism) which had historically allowed for grazing deferment were abandoned. Almost all rangelands are now grazed continuously without any restriction in space or in time. To address the negative effects of overgrazing and also the recurrent droughts, a study was carried out in southern Tunisia aiming at assessing the effect of deferred grazing on plant cover dynamics and productivity. Percent plant cover, species composition, plant density and rangeland production were estimated inside the rested sites (1 year, 2 years and 3 years), controlled grazing sites (one and 2 years after 3 years rested sites) and free grazed sites, considered as control. Preliminary results showed considerable positive effects of the applied restoration technique (rest). The 2 years resting followed by controlled grazing showed a speedy recovery of these degraded ecosystems. Such low cost restoration technique would be considered as an efficient option given the limited or even lack of financial resources to rehabilitate arid rangelands. In addition, it has the advantage of conserving the biodiversity, improving forage production, reducing feed cost and mitigating the negative impact of climate change.en_US
dc.publisherSociety for Range Managementen_US
dc.subjectdry landsen_US
dc.subjectdeferred grazingen_US
dc.titleResponse of arid rangelands to deferred grazing in Southern Tunisiaen_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
cg.creator.idLouhaichi, Mounir: 0000-0002-4543-7631en_US
cg.creator.idOuled Belgacem, Azaiez: 0000-0002-5946-7540en_US
cg.subject.agrovocecosystem servicesen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.centerArid Regions Institute - IRAen_US
cg.contributor.centerOffice of Livestock and Pasture Authority - OEPen_US
cg.contributor.centerMinistry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, Regional Commissioner for Agricultural Development - MARHP -CRDAen_US
cg.contributor.crpCRP on Livestock Agri-Food Systems - LAFSen_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
dc.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US

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