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Last Stand: Protected Areas and the Defense of Tropical Biodiversity

Edited By: Randall Kramer, Carel Van Schaik and Julie Johnson

242 pages, Figs, tabs

Oxford University Press USA

Hardback | Mar 1997 | #53073 | ISBN: 0195095545
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Focuses on the erosion of biodiversity in tropical rain forests, and the role of protected areas in stemming that loss. The authors also examine a system of protected areas which could be the cornerstone of all conservation strategies aimed at limiting the reduction of the planet's biodiversity.

"An excellent summary of the status of conservation efforts to protect biodiversity and tropical forests. It contains particularly good discussions about traditional park preservation concepts and methods, and alternative concepts focused on sustainability and economic development, with the conclusion that protected parks, reserves, sanctuaries, and other areas remain an essential cornerstone of tropical forest and biodiversity conservation. . .Highly recommended."--Wildlife Activist
"This book is a well-researched overview of the current status of the tropical rainforest ecosystem and its chance of survival beyond the next century of anthopogenic impact. The chapters are well written and provide an excellent catalog of various conservation efforts worldwide; many examples provide important illustrations of how human nature can confound theoretically sound protection programs....Overall, a readable and informative work."--Choice
"Last Stand is the latest installment in a cent


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 Paradigm

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