424 pages, 8 plates with colour photos, illustrations and maps; b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables
The importance of conservation is growing each year, with increasing concerns over the destruction of biodiversity and the rising awareness of ecosystem services generating new debates on the human-nature relationship. This compact overview integrates the process, theory and practice of conservation for a broad readership, from non-specialists to students and practitioners. Taking a global perspective, it uses examples from around the world to illustrate general themes and show how problems arise from the impact of societal trends on ecological communities. A significant practical component will be particularly valuable for environmental professionals, outlining the requirements for rigorous surveys, biodiversity valuation, the assessment of impact and its mitigation.
Thoroughly revised and updated, this second edition of Conservation reflects trends towards embracing multiple disciplines, considering the links between ecology and the social sciences and bringing conservation to the heart of sustainability and environmental policy.
"This book is exceptional in many ways. It captures the essence of the naturalist's fascination with the diversity of life while at the same time covering comprehensively the history and basics of conservation biology and the importance of conservation for the future of our planet. I am particularly pleased with the attention to priority-setting, and other important issues such as corridors, rewilding, the fundamental importance of species, and how essential ecosystem services derive from biodiversity. In the post Rio+20 world, there is growing recognition of the fact that nature must be central to sustainable development and not just an interesting side issue. This book makes a major contribution to demonstrating this, and overall greatly enhances our understanding of conservation in general. A must read for everyone, and especially for students, researchers, and conservation practitioners."
- Russell A. Mittermeier, President, Conservation International
"This is an updated edition of an important book, by two experienced and very knowledgeable people. Aimed at a broad readership, it ranges widely from basic ecological understanding to relevant areas of policy and social science, giving effective guidance for conservation action."
- Robert M. May, OM AC FRS, University of Oxford
Reviews of the first edition:
"The outcome is a text that is concept-based, readable, and balanced in its presentation. There are now many texts available on this subject, but in my view this is the best current introduction to conservation."
- BES Bulletin
"[...] while short, and wide ranging in coverage, the author is taking a particularly thoughtful and broad take on this topic. It is quite readable and consistent in style [...] I think it is stimulating reading from a North American perspective, since he draws on many European and tropical Asian examples that sometimes provide contrast with how we typically view our ecosystems [...] It is a highly readable, portable book that should be good at stimulating discussion in the classroom, and should provide both academics and practitioners a useful reference for this broad topic. It should be particularly valuable for ecologists working on the management of protected areaas ! broad coverage of the field and rich examples [...]"
Preface to the Second Edition
1. Introduction to conservation
2. Threats to biodiversity
3. Evaluation of priorities for species and habitats
4. Monitoring, indicators and impact assessment
5. Management of natural and fragmented habitats
6. Management of species
7. Sustainable use, semi-natural cultural landscapes, and the matrix
8. Restoration and offsetting
9. Environmental policy
Index to species names
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Clive Hambler is a lecturer in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK. Susan M. Canney is a Research Associate in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford and Project Leader of the Wild Foundation's Mali Elephant Project.