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The fifth edition of this book combines theory and applied and basic research to explain the connections between conservation biology and environmental economics, education, ethics, law and the social sciences. A major theme throughout the book is the active role that scientists, local people, the general public, conservation organizations and governments can play in protecting biodiversity, even while providing for human needs.
PART I: MAJOR ISSUES THAT DEFINE THE DISCIPLINE - What Is Conservation Biology? - What Is Biological Diversity? - Where Is the World's Biological Diversity Found? - PART II: VALUING BIODIVERSITY - The Value of Biological Diversity - Indirect Economic Values - Ethical Values - PART III: THREATS TO BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY - Extinction - Vulnerability to Extinction - Habitat Destruction, Fragmentation, and Degradation - Overexploitation, Invasive Species, and Disease - PART IV: CONSERVATION AT THE POPULATION AND SPECIES LEVELS - Problems of Small Populations - Applied Population Biology - Establishing New Populations - Ex Situ Conservation Strategies - PART V: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS - Establishing Protected Areas - Designing Protected Areas - Managing Protected Areas - Outside Protected Areas - Restoration Ecology - PART VI: CONSERVATION AND HUMAN SOCIETIES - Conservation and Sustainable Development at the Local and National Levels - An International Approach to Sustainable Development - An Agenda for the Future - Glossary - Appendix of International Conservation Organizations
RICHARD B. PRIMACK is a Professor in the Biology Department at Boston University, USA, and the former Associate Director of the Environmental Studies Programme. He received his B.A. at Harvard University in 1972 and his Ph.D. at Duke University in 1976. He then completed postdoctoral fellowships and a sabbatical leave at the University of Canterbury and Harvard University. He is currently Editor of the journal Biological Conservation and a past President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.