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Reversing both Desertification and Climate Change

Reversing both Desertification and Climate Change

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, March 5, 2017/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, video, sustainability, environment, climate change

                                       Alan Savory (credit: Wikicommons)

The South African biologist Alan Savory envisions an approach to land management that can address the dual environmental issues of desertification and climate change. Savory proposes the alternative of using intensive grazing by livestock, and moving herds of cattle, goats, or sheep to different zones based on a rotation plan, to mimic the affect of wildlfe herds that once maintained grasslands for millenia. His system is known as "holistic management" and has been demonstrated on degraded lands in Africa, Asia, South America, and the USA.

Revegetated landscapes pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere so a side effect to this system could offer climate change beneftis as well. Holistic management still represents a small percentage of current grazing lands and the positive affects could vary from one place to another. However, considering the widespread situation of degraded lands everywhere any restoration could provide multiple benefits.

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