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Reversing Desertification & Climate Change

Reversing Desertification & Climate Change

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, September 28, 2019/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, video, sustainability, art and design, environment, climate change

                                       Alan Savory (credit: Wikicommons)

The South African range manager Alan Savory envisions an approach to ranches that can address the dual issues of desertification and climate change. Savory proposes the alternative of using intensive livestock grazing and rotating cattle, goats, or sheep to different zones based on a defined plans. His approach is to mimic the affect wildlife herds had that once maintained continental grasslands for being eliminated from the landscape. His method is called 'holistic management' and has been demonstrated on degraded lands in Africa, Asia, South America, and here in the USA.

Revegetated landscapes pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere as a side effect to Savory's system. Holistic grazing still represents a small percentage of currently ranch lands and positive affects can vary from one place to another. He describes his approach in a recent lecture. Considering, widespread degraded landscapes everywhere, the situation begs for new management approaches.



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