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Decline Of The Negev's Acacias - A Spatially Explicit Simulation Model As An Aid For Sustainable Management

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ECOSUD970071

Volume

22

Pages

10

Published

1997

Size

946 kb

Author(s)

K. Wiegand, F. Jeltsch, D. Ward and C. Rohner

Abstract

In the Negev desert there is high concern about the high mortality and low recruitment of Acacia trees, a major source of livestock feed and firewood for the native Bedouins. The Acacias are mostly restricted to ephemeral riverbeds and areas with high ground water levels near oases. As the only trees in much of this desert, the Acacias constitute a major ecological concern in southern Israel. To develop sustainable conservation and management strategies it is necessary to understand the population dynamics o

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