Conservation for the Twenty-first Century

Conservation for the Twenty-first Century

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In the 20th century, for the first time in Earth's history, a living species - man - has become a global force capable of affecting the fate of all other species, of evolution itself, and even the global climate and the movement of ice and land masses. In this book, an international group of experts working in fields as diverse as genetics, philosophy, species ecology, zoo management, national park planning and television broadcasting, use their hands-on experience to provide informed speculation on what the future holds for wildlife and wildlands in relation to human needs. Concerned with the conservation of life, they discuss changes in human activity in the coming decades, the biological basis of sustaining nature, the tools and techniques for saving species and ecosystems, and what it will take to secure public support for these endeavours. The book's point of view is based in the biological realm, and is thus deliberately at variance with many other visions of the future. The recurring theme is that wildlife can only survive burgeoning human activity if we can identify the threats to nature soon enough to generate awareness. The book will interest anyone concerned with the biology, management or politics of natural resources around the world: biologists, botanists, zoologists, conservation specialists, government agencies, media more

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  • Hardback | 390 pages
  • 170 x 238 x 64mm | 589.67g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • 53 line drawings, index
  • 0195054741
  • 9780195054743

About David L. Western

About the Authors David Western, Ph.D., is a Kenyan ecologist and conservationist best known for his pioneering efforts to balance the interests of people and wildlife in Amboseli National Park. He presently is Director of Wildlife Conservation International (a division of the New York Zoological Society), and directs many programs on behalf of the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya and international agencies trying to conserve elephants and rhinos. As Assistant Director of Wildlife Conservation International, Mary Pearl, Ph.D., oversees research and conservation projects in some thirty countries around the world. Her background is in primatology, and her writing has focused on the social organization and behavior of Asian monkeys in addition to general conservation topics. Most recently, she designed a study of the endangered golden monkey for the Chinese more

Table of contents

K. O. Wilson: Conservation: the next hundred years; David Western: Population, resources and environment in the 21st century; Tarzie Vittachi: Demographics and socioeconomics: the people factor; David Western: Conservation biology; Jared Diamond: Overview of recent extinctions; Norman Myers: A major extinction spasm: predictable and inevitable?; Storrs Olson: Extinction on islands: man as a catastrophe; Ian Atkinson: Introduced animals and extinctions; David Woodruff: The problems of conserving genes and species; Robert C. Vrijenhoek: Population genetics and conservation; John Eisenberg & Larry Harris: Conservation: a consideration of evolution, population and life history; Sam McNaughton: Ecosystems and conservation in 2100; Brian Walker: Diversity and stability in ecosystems conservation; David Western: Why manage nature?; David Hales: Changing concepts of national parks; Alvaro Ugalde: An optimal parks system; Jeffrey McNeely: Protected areas and human ecology: how national parks can contribute to sustaining societies of the 21st century; David Western: Conservation without parks: wildlife in the rural landscape; Larry Harris & John Eisenberg: Enhanced linkage: necessary stops for success in conservation of faunal diversity; Bryn Green: Conservation in man-made landscapes; William G. Conway: The prospects for sustaining species and their evolution; Mark Stanley Price: Reconstructing ecosystems; Mary Pearl: the human side of conservation; Eugene Hargrove: Conservation and human values; Holmes Rolston: Biology without conservation: an environmental misfit and contradiction in terms; Bryan Norton: The cultural approach to conservation biology; David Ehrenfeld: Hard times for diversity; Perez Olindo: A planner's perspective; Arturo Tarak: A national perspective; Reuben Olembo: International perspectives in conservation planning; Michael Bean: Conservation legislation in the century ahead; Mary Pearl: How the developed world can promote conservation in emerging nations; James Lee: Conservation in a world in search of a future; Lester Crystal: American broadcast journalism: its coverage of conservation crises; Michael Soule: Conservation biology in the 21st century: summary and outlook; David Western, Mary Pearl, Stuart L. Pimm, Brian Walker, Ian Atkinson, & David Woodruff: An agenda for conservation more

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