Forestland Degradation and Potential Rehabilitation in Southwest Saudi Arabia

El-Juhany, L.I.

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Unfortunately, the forestland in the southwestern region of Saudi Arabia is suffering from degradation represented by poor regeneration among the main tree species, spreading of die-back on juniper trees, and abandonment of the agricultural terrace systems. This degradation may be attributed to different factors including over grazing, expansion of urbanization at the expense of forest land, climatic change, and the migration of rural people to towns for higher education and/or work opportunities. Rehabilitation of the degraded forestland needs collaborative efforts and support from the different related governmental sectors as well as the locals. Protection, silvicultural practices, and sustainable management must be adopted as tools of rehabilitation.

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Peer-reviewed Article

Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences