Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-7-611-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-7-611-2016
Research article
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18 Apr 2016
Research article |  | 18 Apr 2016

Rangeland degradation assessment: a new strategy based on the ecological knowledge of indigenous pastoralists

Bahareh Behmanesh, Hossein Barani, Ahmad Abedi Sarvestani, Mohammad Reza Shahraki, and Mohsen Sharafatmandrad

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The study deals with incorporating indigenous ecological knowledge alongside scientific knowledge to identify and test rangeland degradation indicators for two sites in Golestan National Park, NE Iran. The area pastoralists are asked to introduce and test rangeland degradation indicators and to assess degradation on their own rangelands. The final analysis identified 17 indicators that are usable by the pastoralists themselves and could be integrated into land degradation assessment plans.