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A New Approach to Conservation: The Importance of the Individual through Wildlife Rehabilitation

Series: Ashgate Studies in Environmental Policy and Practice

By: Gill Aitken

204 pages, Figs

Ashgate Publishing Limited

Hardback | Jan 2004 | #144783 | ISBN: 0754632830
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NHBS Price: £65.00 $82/€77 approx

About this book

The safeguarding or promotion of biodiversity, it is believed, is the means by which nature is best protected. This book examines and challenges these general conservation assumptions. While reinforcing the need to halt extinction and value biodiversity, it shows that biodiversity needs to be more clearly understood, perhaps being replaced by the notion of 'wildness'. It examines how biodiversity is a holistic term, and how individual species need to be assessed and their own contribution to 'wildness' has to be recognised. The book proposes a new way of conservation - one which makes more room for neglected, rather than endangered or rare species.


Contents

Exploring Conservation's Basic Assumptions: Extinction; Rarity; Nativity. The Conservationist's Role Redefined: Humans and nature - is conservation meaningful?; How is nature to be safeguarded? Conservationist, custodian of wildness. A New Emphasis in Conservation: The problem with species - reviewing units of importance; Wildlife rehabilitation as conservation strategy?; Conservation and individual worth; compatibility - problems and answers. The Upshot; Implications for Action - Managing wildness?; The new conservation.

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