On the problem of steppe ecosystem conservation in the central Caucasus

On the problem of steppe ecosystem conservation in the central Caucasus ISSN 1067-4136, Russian Journal of Ecology, 2009, Vol. 40, No. 1, pp. 65–67. © Pleiades Publishing, Ltd., 2009. Original Russian Text © F.A. Tembotova, N.L. Tsepkova, 2009, published in Ekologiya, 2009, No. 1, pp. 70–72. SHORT COMMUNICATIONS On the Problem of Steppe Ecosystem Conservation in the Central Caucasus F. A. Tembotova and N. L. Tsepkova Institute of the Ecology of Mountain Areas, Kabardino-Balkar Scientific Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. I. Armand 37a, Nalchik, 360000 Russia; e-mail: iemt@mail.ru Received September 26, 2006 DOI: 10.1134/S1067413609010111 Key words: the Caucasus, steppe ecosystems, Arik Ridge, nature reserve. The steppe biomes of Russia are endangered, and a nature reserve as the most effective type of SPNAs remaining steppe ecosystems have degraded to differ- with regard to protection of ecosystems and their com- ent extents under the impact of human activities. The ponents. main destructive factor is extensive agriculture, which Basic criteria for identifying areas of nature-conser- cannot be profitable without expansion to new areas. vation significance are the systems of parameters char- The Caucasus as a whole and particularly the Northern acterizing the state of botanical and zoological objects. Caucasus, one of the most densely populated regions of In the former case, these http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Russian Journal of Ecology Springer Journals

On the problem of steppe ecosystem conservation in the central Caucasus

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