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Conserving Bird Biodiversity: General Principles and their Application

Series: Conservation Biology (Cambridge University Press) Volume: 7

Edited By: Ken Norris and Deborah J Pain

337 pages, Figs, tabs, maps

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jun 2002 | #127106 | ISBN: 0521789494
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About this book

Conservationists attempt to intervene in the current extinction process either locally by protecting or restoring important species and habitats, or at national and international levels by influencing key policies and promoting debate. Reliable information is the foundation upon which these efforts are based, which places research at the heart of biodiversity conservation. It includes understanding why biodiversity is important, defining `units' of biodiversity, priority-setting for species and sites, managing endangered and declining populations, understanding large-scale processes, making predictions about the future and interfacing with training, education, public awareness and policy initiatives. Using examples from a wide range of bird conservation work worldwide, researchers consider the principles underlying these issues, and illustrate how these principles have been applied to address actual conservation problems for students, practitioners and researchers in conservation biology.

Contents / Contributors:
- Preface;
- 1. Biodiversity - evolution, species, genes Michael W. Bruford;
- 2. Why conserve bird diversity? Colin Bibby;
- 3. Mapping and monitoring bird populations: their conservation uses Les Underhill and David Gibbons;
- 4. Priority setting in species conservation Georgina M. Mace and Nigel J. Collar;
- 5. Setting sites for protection Andrew Balmford;
- 6. Critically endangered bird populations and their management, Ben D. Bell and Don V. Merton;
- 7. Diagnosing causes of population declines and selecting remedial actions Rhys E. Green;
- 8. Outside the reserve: pandemic threats to bird biodiversity; Deborah J. Pain and Paul F. Donald;
- 9. Predicting the impact of environmental change Ken Norris and Richard Stillman;
- 10. Fragmentation, habitat loss and landscape management Paul Opdam and John A. Wiens;
- 11. The interface between research, education and training Leon Bennun;
- 12. Conservation policies and programs affecting birds Gerard C. Boere and Clayton D. A. Rubec;
- References;
- Index.

' ... an excellent review of general principles and their widespread application in conserving bird biodiversity. As a result it should be of interest to many ornithologists and to conservationists beyond ornithology.' Ibis '... a useful reference source, containing good review chapters.' TRENDS in Ecology and Evolution 'Nineteen authors contribute to 12 thought-provoking chapters. Subject coverage is wide but highly relevant to 21st century ornithology ... Each chapter is self contained and highly informative with numerous scientific references. The editors should be congratulated on the rarity of typographical errors and the consistency of structure across chapters. Each chapter terminates with a succinct conclusion and no chapter is overburdened with excessive detail ... I unreservedly recommend this book to university students, researchers in conservation biology, conservation practitioners and amateur ornithologists. It offers something for everyone.' Biological Conservation


Contents

Preface; 1. Biodiversity - evolution, species, genes Michael W. Bruford; 2. Why conserve bird diversity? Colin Bibby; 3. Mapping and monitoring bird populations: their conservation uses Les Underhill and David Gibbons; 4. Priority setting in species conservation Georgina M. Mace and Nigel J. Collar; 5. Setting sites for protection Andrew Balmford; 6. Critically endangered bird populations and their management, Ben D. Bell and Don V. Merton; 7. Diagnosing causes of population declines and selecting remedial actions Rhys E. Green; 8. Outside the reserve: pandemic threats to bird biodiversity; Deborah J. Pain and Paul F. Donald; 9. Predicting the impact of environmental change Ken Norris and Richard Stillman; 10. Fragmentation, habitat loss and landscape management Paul Opdam and John A. Wiens; 11. The interface between research, education and training Leon Bennun; 12. Conservation policies and programs affecting birds Gerard C. Boere and Clayton D. A. Rubec; References; Index.


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