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Terres d’altitude, terres de risque : La lutte contre l’érosion dans les Andes équatoriennes

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ISBN: 9782709917940 Year: DOI: 10.4000/books.irdeditions.8367 Language: French
Publisher: IRD Éditions
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En milieu montagnard tropical, où les risques d'érosion sont naturellement élevés, la mise en culture des terres entraîne l'aggravation des processus. Ainsi, les versants des Andes équatoriennes, intensément cultivés, connaissent une érosion qui affecte la fertilité des sols et donc la production agricole dont dépend le petit paysannat (minifundio) pour son alimentation. Il est urgent d'apporter des mesures de lutte antiérosives efficaces et adaptées aux conditions socio-économiques de la population. Mais les connaissances sur l'érosion et la lutte antiérosive dans le monde tropical, en particulier dans les milieux montagnards, sont encore fragmentaires, les scientifiques ayant longtemps privilégié l'étude théorique des processus. L'objectif de la recherche présentée dans cet ouvrage est de proposer une approche qui associe recherche fondamentale et appliquée permettant la mise en œuvre pratique de méthodes de lutte érosive. Cette étude s'est déroulée en trois étapes : diagnostic de l'érosion, mesures des processus, proposition et validation de méthodes antiérosives. Menée à l'échelle du terroir et de la parcelle paysanne, suivant une démarche formative et participative associant paysans, chercheurs et décideurs, elle montre que la lutte contre l'érosion est possible sur les hautes terres andines. Cette approche peut servir d'exemple pour poser les bases d'une agriculture de montagne durable en milieu tropical. Cet ouvrage s'adresse aux universitaires et chercheurs en géographie, pédologie, hydrologie et agronomie et par sa présentation didactique aux étudiants ainsi qu'aux décideurs.

Rainfall Erosivity in Soil Erosion Processes

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ISBN: 9783039288045 / 9783039288052 Year: Pages: 148 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-805-2 Language: eng
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Science (General)
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This book gathers recent international research on the association between aggressive rainfall and soil loss and landscape degradation. Different contributions explore these complex relationships and highlight the importance of the spatial patterns of precipitation intensity on land flow under erosive storms, with the support of observational and modelling data. This is a large and multifaceted area of research of growing importance that outlines the challenge of protecting land from natural hazards. The increase in the number of high temporal resolution rainfall records together with the development of new modelling capabilities has opened up new opportunities for the use of large-scale planning and risk prevention methods. These new perspectives should no longer be considered as an independent research topic, but should, above all, support comprehensive land use planning, which is at the core of environmental decision-making and operations. Textbooks such as this one demonstrate the significance of how hydrological science can enable tangible progress in understanding the complexity of water management and its current and future challenges.

Nature, Place & People:Forging Connections through Neighbourhood Landscape Design

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ISBN: 9789813236035 Year: Pages: 216 DOI: 10.1142/10879 Language: English
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co.
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Neighbourhood landscapes are the quintessential forms of urban landscapes in most cities worldwide. They are pervasive, and hence experienced by the large majority of urban dwellers in their everyday life. More than parks, nature reserves or nature areas which are visited as destinations, neighbourhood landscapes provide the most immediate, frequent and convenient form of nature experienced by urban dwellers on a daily basis. They are also valuable as social spaces to bring residents together, foster social ties, and strengthen communities. Despite their importance, surprisingly little has been written to guide the planning and design of neighbourhood landscapes.This book is written for a specific purpose, to illustrate how the design of neighbourhood landscapes helps to deliver more benefits for urban dwellers and, at the same time, protect ecosystems that facilitate human well-being. This is in turn important as the synergistic relationships between human well-being, quality of biophysical urban environment, and health of human–environment interactions fundamentally underpin urban sustainability. The authors emphasize the role neighbourhood landscapes play in forging connections between people and nature, people and people, and people and place. Most of all, the book highlights the role of focusing on people in this endeavour, as it is only when landscapes are appropriately designed, and when people recognize these benefits, that they become valued and protected as a community resource.This book is organized into two parts. Part 1 focuses on the conceptual foundations that underpin the neighbourhood landscape design guidelines being developed. In this section, the authors describe the key concepts relating functions of neighbourhood landscapes to the key urban development goals of sustainability, liveability and reliance; how they can be represented in a framework; and how a synthesis of current knowledge of cities as socio-ecological systems helps to identify principles that can guide the designing of neighbourhood landscapes. Part 2 is more application focused, and is centred on neighbourhood landscape design guidelines inspired by the concept of ecosystem services. The guidelines consist of design approaches, practical strategies, design targets and performance monitoring indicators for tracking the performance of neighbourhood landscapes. The book is written for readers in academia and design practice, and anyone who has a role in shaping neighbourhood landscapes for the benefit of urban dwellers.

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