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In regard to overgrazing:
While trying to identify the principal causes of environmental degradation in drylands considering the institutional framework, NDRD will in addition give special emphasis to the urgent necessity to install a network mechanism to monitor the degradation in this region and to define and implement suitable measures towards a sustainable rangeland management. In this respect, an iterative, integrated evaluation framework should be developed to identify potential indicators of degradation due to overgrazing as well as other forms of desertification indicators in the GCC countries. Thou the use of formalized rangeland evaluation techniques have been proved to be very limited in the past, as they tend to be time consuming, complex and require specialist training. There is a need to develop by using participatory modes a user-friendly range evaluation tool, which is simple, rapid, inexpensive, objective, robust, reliable and linked to existing range management objectives. Such integrated assessment of rangeland conditions ultimately provides the baseline for evaluating changes in ecosystems over time; yet it also provides a sound basis for negotiation among stakeholders with different interests.
Perry, R./ Britsch S./ Zainal J.: Development Plan Marine & Coastal Environmental Database for Bahrain, Doha, July 2001
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