Last Stand

Last Stand : Protected Areas and the Defense of Tropical Biodiversity

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During the past century, tropical rain forests have been reduced to about half of their original area, with a consequent loss of biodiversity. This book takes a close look at how this has happened and what the consequences may be, with am emphasis on those strategies that have proven successful in stemming the loss of plant and animal inhabitants. It describes the use of protected areas such as sacred groves, royal preserves, and today's national parks, which have long served to shield the delicate forest habitats for countless species. Although programs for protecting habitats are under increasing attack, this book argues that a system of protected areas must in fact be the cornerstone of all conservation strategies aimed at limiting the inevitable reduction of our planet's biodiversity. Written by leading experts with years of experience, the book integrates ecological, economic and political perspectives on how best to manage tropical forests and their inhabitants, throughout the world. In addition to conservationists, policy makers, and ecologists, the book will serve as a useful text in courses on tropical conservation.show more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 161.3 x 242.1 x 23.1mm | 542.44g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones, line figures, tables
  • 0195095545
  • 9780195095548

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During the past century, tropical rain forests have been reduced to less than half of their original area, with a consequent loss of biodiversity. This book takes a close look at how this has happened and what the consequences may be, with an emphasis on strategies that have proven successful in stemming the loss of plant and animal species. The book highlights the important role of protected areas such as sacred groves, royal preserves, and today's national parks, which have long served to shield the delicate forest habitats for countless species. It argues that, although programs that combine biodiversity protection and human economic development have become increasingly important, a system of protected areas must still be the cornerstone of all conservation strategies aimed at limiting the inevitable reduction of our planet's biodiversity.show more

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'...Written by leading experts with years of experience, the book integrates ecological, economic and political perspectives on how best to manage tropical forest reserves and their biodiversity, throught the world. In addition to conservationists, policy matkers, and ecologists, educators will find this a useful text in courses on tropical conservation and policy.' * Ethology, Ecology Evolution 10:95-103, 1998 *show more

Table of contents

1. Preservation Paradigms and Tropical Rain Forests ; 2. Minimizing Species Loss: The Imperative of Protection ; 3. One Minute to Midnight: Time to Fight to Conserve Biodiversity in Tropical Rain Forests ; 4. The Silent Crisis: The State of Rain Forest Nature Preserves ; 5. Policy and Practical Considerations in Land-Use Strategies for Biodiversity Conservation ; 6. Biodiversity Politics and the Contest for Ownership of the World's Biota ; 7. User Rights and Biodiversity Conservation ; 8. Tropical Forest Biodiversity Protection: Who Pays and Why ; 9. Compensation and Economic Incentives: Reducing Pressure on Protected Areas ; 10. Toward a New Protection Paradigmshow more

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