John Libbey Eurotext

Science et changements planétaires / Sécheresse

Arid steppes of Balochistan (Pakistan) Volume 17, issue 1, Janvier-Juin 2006

Authors
National Herbarium, National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), Islamabad - 45500 Pakistan, Department of Range Management& Forestry, University of Arid Agriculture, Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Key words: vegetation, steppe, desert, animal husbandry, agropastoralism, Balochistan
  • Page(s) : 203-9
  • Published in: 2006

Balochistan is the South West part of Pakistan with a semiarid to hyperarid Mediterranean-like highland (> 1,000m) climate and a steppe vegetation covering 340,000 km 2. Rangelands cover 60% of land use, irrigated farming 4% and forest 3%, the balance being mainly a hyper-arid sandy desert. Range and animal husbandry constitute the bulk of the human livelihood. Most of the herds of sheep, goats and dromedaries are managed in agro-pastoral transhumant production systems, while sedentary agropastoralism represents some 25% based on cereals and fallows.