Arid Lands Newsletter

November/December 2000, Issue No. 48

ISSN: 1092-5481

Polyculture cropping system developed for dryland region of Brazil

Linkages between cultural diversity and biodiversity

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Katherine Waser, Editor
Office of Arid Lands Studies
The University of Arizona

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Editor's note:
On the importance of defining terms
by Katherine Waser

Biodiversity links to cultural identity in southwest Morocco: The situation, the problems and proposed solutions
by Yorgos Moussouris and Alan Pierce

Conservation and ethnobotanical programs of the Bioactive Agents from Dryland Biodiversity of Latin America Project
by Barbara Hutchinson, Enrique Suarez, Renee Fortunato, Ana Maria Beeskow, Robert Bye, Gloria Montenegro, and Barbara Timmermann

Polycultures in the Brazilian drylands: A new version of an old tradition
by Marsha Hanzi

Participatory mapping at landscape levels: Broadening implications for sustainable development and biodiversity conservation in developing country drylands
by Michael Brown and Christin Hutchinson

Briefly noted:
Selected resources of interest
annotated by Elaine Cubbins and Katherine Waser
Selected news of interest
annotated by Katherine Waser

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The May/June 2001 issue of the Arid Lands Newsletter, ALN No. 49, will focus on the theme of Linkages between Climate Change and Desertification.

These linkages potentially exist on many levels. On the level of policy, for example, what synergies, if any, currently exist between the UN Conference on Desertification and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change? Are these synergies being taken advantage of adequately? If not, what steps need to be taken in order to take advantage of them? On the level of science, what does current research tell us about, for example, effects of climate change on plant growth, or the ability of arid lands soils to act as a carbon sink? On the level of the human effects of climate change, case studies regarding specific communities are particularly welcome: what steps are being taken to promote community development while ameliorating activities that might contribute to desertification and/or climate change?

Proposals for papers, comments, suggestions for possible authors, suggestions for resources (web, paper, CD-ROM etc.) to be included, etc. are welcome. Please send your suggestions to Katherine Waser, Editor, Arid Lands Newsletter.

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