Browsing Journal of Range Management, Volume 24, Number 1 (January 1971) by Authors
Grazing in the Middle East: Past, Present, and FuturePearse, C. K. (Society for Range Management, 1971-01-01)Grazing of native range lands by domestic livestock began in the Middle East, probably about 11,000 years ago. Too early and too heavy grazing doubtless occurred locally since earliest times but for many millennia the pressure of man and his animals had only limited impact on the environment. Within the last century unmanaged grazing increased greatly. Depletion is now serious over much of the area. Lack of management is not due to lack of a technical, legal, or administrative basis for action but rather to lack of appreciation of the seriousness of the problem and lack of desire to act. The primary aim of technical assistance should not be to provide more technical knowledge. Local understanding of the range problem and determination to find workable solutions are the urgent needs.