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p. 1387. Savanna futureslocked

  • Peter A. Furley


Constant change is the driving force in the history of savannas, and some conception of the future can be gauged from evidence of past changes and from trends experienced today. The potential futures for savanna landscapes may be depicted as two interconnected sets of processes: variations caused by natural events including climatic change; and changes resulting from human activities. ‘Savanna futures’ shows that the main concerns which could impact on the savannas can be reduced to a number of key issues: coastal savanna areas at risk of flooding and salt-water incursions; food security and food production systems; loss of biodiversity; conservation issues; urban expansion; and human health and security.

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