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This publication constitutes a synthesis of the research results of the Archaeomedes project which, between July 1992 and October 1994 investigated the natural and anthropogenic causes of land degradation and desertification in the Mediterranean. The full report on the project consists of six parts, of which this last volume serves to introduce and summarize it. It is only recently, under the impact notably of research programmes on global environmental change, that the topic of degradation and desertification in (Southern) Europe has become the focus of a major, concerted research effort. Partly as a result of this, and partly due to the normal, relatively fragmented and uncontrolled development of most research disciplines, our knowledge of land degradation in Southern Europe is rich in some ways, and completely insufficient in others. The present project explores the depth and shape of some of these holes in our knowledge, and intends to develop a different research philosophy on the issue. As such, the project raises more questions, at least initially, that it tries to answer.

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Authors: VAN DER LEEUW S E (EDITOR), University of Cambridge (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18181 EN (1998) 440pp., free of charge
Availability: Available from the European Commission, DG XIII-D-2, L-2920 Luxembourg (LU), Fax: +352-4301-32084
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-3226-0
Record Number: 199810864 / Last updated on: 1998-08-04
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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