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FAO INTER-DEPARTMENTAL WORKING GROUP ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE

From Indifference to Awareness

ENCOUNTERING BIODIVERSITY IN THE SEMI - ARID RANGELANDS OF THE SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC

BY
GIANLUCA SERRA
DOUGLAS WILLIAMSON
CATERINA BATELLO

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Rome, 2003


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Table of Contents

PREFACE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

FOREWORD

THE RANGELANDS OF THE SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC

THE ECOLOGY OF THE SYRIAN DESERTIC STEPPE (AL BADIA)
THE CONDITION OF AL BADIA

INITIATING A RESPONSE TO THE DEGRADATION OF AL BADIA

RANGE IMPROVEMENT AND EXTENSION
BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND PROTECTED AREA MANAGEMENT

LOSS OF BIODIVERSITY AND THREATENED SPECIES

INTERNATIONAL RELEVANCE OF AL TALILA RESERVE AND ITS SURROUNDINGS
THE DISCOVERY OF A RELICT COLONY OF CRITICALLY ENDANGERED NORTHERN BALD IBIS (GERONTICUS EREMITA)
INEXORABLE DECLINE OF A KEY ECOLOGICAL INDICATOR OF AL BADIA RANGELANDS
IMPLICATIONS IN TERMS OF RAISING ECOLOGICAL AWARENESS

WORKING WITH PEOPLE

THE DIVERSITY OF PEOPLE
INTERVIEWS WITH INDIVIDUALS

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

POSSIBLE STRATEGIES

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