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This publication is based on a number of regional and country studies written by various authors, who are acknowledged in the text. Particular thanks to Dr Wolfgang Bayer, who assisted with the early review of some of the chapters. In locating and contacting authors to prepare papers, the following provided much appreciated assistance: Prof. Klaus Kellner, School of Environmental Sciences and Development, Potchefstroom University, South Africa; Drs Dennis Cash and Bok Sowell, Montana State University, and Professor Denis Child, Colorado State University, United States of America; and Dr Rod Heitschmidt, ARS, Miles City, Montana, United States of America.

The authors of Chapter 2 have dedicated their chapter to Jim Ellis and Peter de Leeuw. Both made an important contribution to rangeland science in East Africa and are referred to in the chapter. Jim was killed in a skiing accident in 2002 and Peter passed away in 2003.

Paulo César de Faccio Carvalho, Faculdade de Agronomia - UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil helped to locate photographs from Brazil for Chapter 5. Pablo Borrelli assisted with Spanish translations of the manuscripts from which Chapter 5 was prepared and the authors of Chapter 5 acknowledge the assistance of Ing. Ag. Oscar Pittaluga, who provided comments on early drafts. The author of Chapter 7 acknowledges the inputs of B. Erdenebaatar and N. Batjargal. Thanks also to Dr Jonathan Robinson for comments and to Petra Staberg for assistance with the FAO Grassland Web site, and in particular with the finalization and layout of the Country Pasture/Forage Resource Profiles. Mary Reynolds assisted with proofreading.

Dr J. Boonman died tragically after preparing the draft of Chapter 10 with Professor Sergey Mikhalev, but indicated while preparing the paper that he wished to dedicate it to the memory of Dr David Pratt and his early work on the grasslands of East Africa.

Thanks are due to the authors - M.A. Al-Jaloudy, O. Berkat, M. Tazi, A. Coulibally, M. Dost, A.R. Fitzherbert, M.F. Garbulsky, V.A. Deregibus, D. Geesing, H. Djibo, Z. Hu, D. Zhang, H. Kagone, A. Karagöz, C. Kayouli, M. Makhmudovich, A. Masri, B.K. Misri, D. Nedjraoui, K. Oppong-Anane, D. Pariyar, J.H Rasambainarivo, N. Ranaivoarivelo, O. Thieme, R.R. Vera and K. Wangdil - of a number of Country Pasture/Forage Resource Profiles on the FAO Grassland Web site <>, from which information has been drawn, particularly in the preparation of Chapter 11.

Photographs, unless otherwise acknowledged, are by the authors of each chapter or by the editors. Stephen Reynolds selected and located photographs in the text. Cathleen J. Wilson generously agreed to three of her photographs being used in Chapter 2 on the understanding that they are not used elsewhere or copied without her permission, as did Marzio Marzot in several chapters. Peter Harris kindly provided a number of photographs, as did Dr Jeff Printz, USDA-NRCS, and Alice Carloni of TCIP, FAO. Dr Mae Elsinger, Rangeland Biologist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)-Prairie Farm Rehabilitation (PFRA) Range and Biodiversity Division, Manitoba, Canada, provided a number of photographs by various authors from AAFC-PFRA files, which are identified with her name in Chapter 6. Other photographs used were provided by SARDI (South Australian Research and Development Institute), Dr M. Halling, Dr Martín Garbulsky, Dr V. Alejandro Deregibus, Prof. Alain Peeters and Duane McCartney, Lacombe Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Mr Constantin Melidis and Elena Palazzani provided assistance with the scanning of a number of photographs. Several of the grassland maps were prepared by Christopher Aurich. Lucie Herzigova, FAO, assisted with the finalization of a number of the figures. Cover design was by Studio Bartoleschi, Rome. Cover photographs are by Daniel Miller, Stephen Reynolds and Marzio Marzot. Final editing for consistency of language and style, and preparation for publication, was by Thorgeir Lawrence.

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