|Av den ursrpungliga stäppen i Ukraina återstår endast "små" fragment.|
Men allt är relativt. Även fragmenten framstår som öppet hav.
Engelsk titel och abstract:
How the East was won: Towards an environmental history of the Eurasian steppe
Post-Soviet reform has led to tremendous agricultural changes in the steppe region of Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries. While investment firms are now seeking to capitalize on the opportunity to conduct rational large-scale agriculture on the fertile steppe soils, a window of opportunity has also opened to discuss the steppe?s future and the balance between intensive land use and sustainability, the preservation of nature, and equitable rural development. The proposed research aims to contribute to this discussion by investigating the dynamics of land cover and land use change, historically and today, in a part of the Ukrainian steppe. More specifically we seek to explore how the different methodologies and knowledge-bases of the joint Swedish and Ukrainian research team can enrich each other's understandings of the drivers of land use/land cover change; use the results from the southern Ukrainian landscape to generate hypotheses about the dynamics of land cover and land use change in the Eurasian steppe in general; compliment climate modelling of the historical climate in the steppe, by grounding it in expert local nowledge; relate knowledge of historical land use and land cover dynamics to an on-going discussion on sustainability and rural development. Finally, our ambition is to establish a long-term research agenda about the steppe "before and now", where a new generation of scholars from Swedish and Ukrainian universities can take this work forward.