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Show simple item record Le Maitre, David C Milton, SJ Jarmain, C Colvin, C Saayman, I Vlok, JHJ 2008-05-21T09:18:14Z 2008-05-21T09:18:14Z 2007-07
dc.identifier.citation Le Maitre, DC et al. 2007. Linking ecosystem services and water resources: landscape-scale hydrology of the Little Karoo. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Vol. 5(5), pp 261-270 en
dc.identifier.issn 1540-9295
dc.description Copyright: 2008 Ecology Society of America en
dc.description.abstract There is growing acknowledgement of the dependence of human society on ecosystem services and of the fact that service delivery is being compromised by human impacts on ecosystems. This paper describes the linkage between landscape-scale hydrology and ecosystem services, and how degradation of the landscape is believed to have altered the delivery of those services. The Little Karoo, an arid environment in South Africa that encompasses a remarkable diversity of plant species, has been degraded by inappropriate agricultural practices, mainly overgrazing, cultivation, and irrigation. Landscape linkages, such as hydrological flows and the recycling of organic matter and nutrients, have been disrupted, resulting in net losses at all scales, from the shrub patch to the river basin. Land rehabilitation, while in most cases too expensive at the farm scale, may be economically feasible at the river basin scale, provided that some of the economic benefits are used to rehabilitate and manage areas as socioecological systems. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Ecology Society of America en
dc.subject Ecosystem services en
dc.subject Little Karoo en
dc.subject Water resources en
dc.subject Hydrology en
dc.subject Land rehabilitation en
dc.subject Land degradation en
dc.title Linking ecosystem services and water resources: landscape-scale hydrology of the Little Karoo en
dc.type Article en

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