Book review: Novel measurement and assessment tools for monitoring and management of land and water resources in agricultural landscapes of Central Asia. Lothar Mueller, Abdulla Saparov and Gunnar Lischeid (Eds.)

Falk-Juri Knauft

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On more than 700 pages the editors present the outcomes of the research project “Novel Measurement and Assessment Tools for the Monitoring and Management of Water and Soil Resources in Agricultural Landscapes of Central Asia”,which was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) from 2010 to 2012. The volume evaluates existing methodologies and recommends improvements, where necessary. Authors are scientists and field specialists from Kazakhstan, Germany, Uzbekistan and Russia. They address scientists and students, but also planners and decision makers in the wide field of land and water use of the region. The 43 chapters are divided into three parts, focusing on the “Environmental and Societal Framework…”, “Novel Methodologies…” and “Applications and Case Studies”, while a final part “Executive Summary and Conclusions” evaluates and aggregates the individual chapters to final recommendations.

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integrated water resources, land management, management methods, sustainability, water management