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Nearly 90 percent of the earth's land surface is directly affected by human infrastructure and activities, yet less than 5 percent is legally "protected" for biodiversity conservation. Even within that 5 percent, seven out of ten large protected areas have people living inside their boundaries. This means that in 96.5% of the world, conservation includes people. Conservation is a resource for conservation practitioners, students, managers, and policy makers hoping to make conservation work where biodiversity and human livelihoods must be reconciled.
Conservation traces the historical roots of modern conservation thought and practice, and explores current perspectives from evolutionary and community ecology, conservation biology, anthropology, political ecology, economics, and policy. The authors examine a suite of conservation strategies and perspectives from around the world, highlighting the most innovative and promising avenues for future conservation efforts.
Exploring, highlighting, and bridging gaps between the social and natural sciences as applied in the practice of conservation, this book provides a broad, practically oriented view. It is quintessential reading for anyone involved in the conservation process--from academic conservation biology to the management of protected areas, rural livelihood development to poverty alleviation, and from community based natural resource management to national and global policy making.
This is an excellent and much needed book that finally brings together the social and anthropogenic insights needed to push conservation biology to a higher and more pragmatic level. I was hooked from the preface on, and found interesting and thoughtful ideas throughout. - Andrew P. Dobson, Princeton University; "This is an extremely interesting, well-written, wide-ranging, and very timely book. It covers a vast range of literature at the crucial yet rarely synthesized interface of biology and the social sciences, and should be very widely read. It is particularly helpful in the way it sets our the background to key debates, clearing up often-confused terminology and muddled concepts." - Andrew Balmford, University of Cambridge"
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