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Assessment of Forage Productivity and Carrying Capacity of Dubai Deserts rangelands

Goal: the project is focusing on ways to sustain rangelands and conserve its biodiversity in desert rangelands. Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) will be taken as a case study.
The study will be achieved through:
(1) assessment the productivity of forage plants, which will help in the calculation of the carrying capacity,
(2) appraisal of the relationship between forage productivity and the most important factors affecting it, which are soil properties,
(3) Evaluation of the impact of grazing intensity on community structure and species diversity,
(4) assessment the impact of simulated grazing levels on forage productivity, which will be recognized by pruning potential forage plants to different levels and assess the plant fitness following this practice.

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Tamer Khafaga
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This chapter examines natural habitats in Dubai, UAE that the state has demarcated as protected areas (PAs) in an attempt to utilize them for recreational/economic purposes while also mitigating habitat fragmentation. The authors employ the concept of the ‘commodity frontier’ to demonstrate how these PAs have contributed to the ongoing commodification of land that began with the rise of modern agriculture in the mid-twentieth century. The rise of the oil economy in the mid-twentieth century stimulated significant development that, over time, has resulted in ecological degradation. In line with state conservation agendas aimed at greening the desert and preserving biodiversity, PAs also serve as a mechanism for promoting tourism. Ironically, these activities have in turn put further pressure on the country’s natural resources and desert ecology. The authors also present an example of a PA that has been effectively managed and could serve as a model of sustainable development.
Tamer Khafaga
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the project is focusing on ways to sustain rangelands and conserve its biodiversity in desert rangelands. Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) will be taken as a case study.
The study will be achieved through:
(1) assessment the productivity of forage plants, which will help in the calculation of the carrying capacity,
(2) appraisal of the relationship between forage productivity and the most important factors affecting it, which are soil properties,
(3) Evaluation of the impact of grazing intensity on community structure and species diversity,
(4) assessment the impact of simulated grazing levels on forage productivity, which will be recognized by pruning potential forage plants to different levels and assess the plant fitness following this practice.