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- Key words: rangelands, data base, arid zone
- Page(s) : 235-41
- Published in: 2006
Canada, the United States and Mexico all have a long history of rangeland monitoring. However none have developed a nationwide database or even a standardized set of protocols. The lack of standardization, inadequately developed relationships between management objectives and monitoring protocols, and an emphasis on data collection rather than analysis and interpretation have limited the value of past monitoring efforts. The future of monitoring is bright in all three countries. New policies reward ranchers who can document positive changes on their land. Non-equilibrium theory developed in Europe, Africa, Australia and North America increases the value of monitoring data. New protocols increasingly focus monitoring on ecological processes.