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About this book
About this book
Explores the establishment of the country's national park system as a response to the rapid destruction of its tropical ecosystems due to the expansion of export-related agriculture. Drawing on interviews with key players in the conservation movement, as well as archival research, Evans traces the emergence of a conservation ethic among Costa Ricans and the tangible forms it has taken.
Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction Part I. Costa Rica's History of Conservation 1.A Legacy of Scientific Thought and Tropical Research; 2.The Environmental Problem; 3. The Conservationist Response; 4.The Development of National Parks and Other Protected Areas; 5. Conservation Continued: The Oduber Years; 6.Conservation through Crisis: Carazo and the Economy; 7. Crisis Continued: The Monge Administration; 8. Restructuring and Decentralizing ConservationPart II. Building a Green Republic 9. Environmental Education: Framework for the Future; 10. The Nongovernmental Approach; 11. Oro Verde! Ecotourism for Economic Growth; 12. The National Biodiversity InstituteConclusion. "Picking Up the Gauntlet" Appendix 1. List of Acronyms; Appendix 2. The Presidents of the Republic of Costa Rica, 1928-1998; Appendix 3. The History of Controversy at Santa Rosa--A Besieged National Park; Appendix 4. Anonymous Poem Regarding the Palo Verde National Park Controversy, Summer 1981; Appendix 5. The National Conservation Strategy for Sustainable Development; Appendix 6. Indigenous Population of Costa Rica by Region and Group; Notes; Bibliography; Index
317 pages, 7 b/w photos, 3 line illus, 4 tabs, 6 maps
Sterling Evans has written a passionate yet balanced account of the history of conservation in Costa Rica. Both environmental historians and activists will gain from this book a great appreciation of the work that went into protecting Costa Rica's natural heritage, along with the work that still must be done. Lane Simonian, author of Defending the Land of the Jaguar: A History of Conservation in Mexico