Last Stand: Protected Areas and the Defense of Tropical Biodiversity

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

EditorRandall Kramer, Carel van Schaik, Julie Johnson

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During the past century, tropical rain forests have been reduced to about half of their original area, with a consequent loss of biodiversity. This book takes a close look at how this has happened and what the consequences may be, with an emphasis on those strategies that have provensuccessful in stemming the loss of plant and animal inhabitants. It describes the use of protected areas such as sacred groves, royal preserves, and today's national parks, which have long served to shield the delicate forest habitats for countless species. Although programs for protecting habitatsare under increasing attack, this book argues that a system of protected areas must in fact be the cornerstone of all conservation strategies aimed at limiting the inevitable reduction of our planet's biodiversity. Written by leading experts with years of experience, the book integrates ecological,economic and political perspectives on how best to manage tropical forests and their inhabitants, throughout the world. In addition to conservationists, policy makers, and ecologists, the book will serve as a useful text in courses on tropical conservation.

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During the past century, tropical rain forests have been reduced to less than half of their original area, with a consequent loss of biodiversity. This book takes a close look at how this has happened and what the consequences may be, with an emphasis on strategies that have proven successful in stemming the loss of plant and animal sp...

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During the past century, tropical rain forests have been reduced to about half of their original area, with a consequent loss of biodiversity. This book takes a close look at how this has happened and what the consequences may be, with an emphasis on those strategies that have provensuccessful in stemming the loss of plant and animal ...

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The book highlights the important role of protected areas such as sacred groves, royal preserves, and today's national parks, which have long served to shield the delicate forest habitats for countless species. It argues that, although programs that combine biodiversity protection and human economic development have become increasingly...

Randall Kramer, Carel van Schaik, and Julie Johnson are all at Duke University.

other books by Randall Kramer

Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.49 × 6.26 × 0.87 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195095545

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Table of Contents

1. Randall Kramer and Carel van Schaik: Preservation Paradigms and Tropical Rain Forests2. John Terborgh and Carel van Schaik: Minimizing Species Loss: The Imperative of Protection3. Kathy MacKinnon: One Minute to Midnight: Time to Fight to Conserve Biodiversity in Tropical Rain Forests4. C. van Schaik, J. Terborgh, and Barbara Dugelby: The Silent Crisis: The State of Rain Forest Nature Preserves5. Katrina Brandon: Policy and Practical Considerations in Land-Use Strategies for Biodiversity Conservation6. Steven Sanderson and Kent Redford: Biodiversity Politics and the Contest for Ownership of the World's Biota7. Marie Miranda and Sharon LaPalme: User Rights and Biodiversity Conservation8. Randall Kramer and Narendra Sharma: Tropical Forest Biodiversity Protection: Who Pays and Why9. Paul Ferraro and R. Kramer: Compensation and Economic Incentives: Reducing Pressure on Protected Areas10. C. van Schaik and R. Kramer: Toward a New Protection Paradigm

From Our Editors

During the past century, tropical rain forests have been reduced to less than half of their original area, with a consequent loss of biodiversity. This book takes a close look at how this has happened and what the consequences may be, with an emphasis on strategies that have proven successful in stemming the loss of plant and animal species. The book highlights the important role of protected areas such as sacred groves, royal preserves, and today's national parks, which have long served to shield the delicate forest habitats for countless species. It argues that, although programs that combine biodiversity protection and human economic development have become increasingly important, a system of protected areas must still be the cornerstone of all conservation strategies aimed at limiting the inevitable reduction of our planet's biodiversity.

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"Last Stand is the latest installment in a century-old debate between the philosophies of preservation and conservation. . . . [T]his book calls for a refreshing new brand of preservationism . . . one with ample allowance for political realities, local participation, and economic development.. . . The contributing authors are leading voices in international conservation, representing fields ranging from ecology and political science to economics and development sociology. . . . The book is well written and breaks considerable new ground . . . [It] provides a much needed wake-up call forthe conservation community. . . . It shows that high levels of interest in biodiversity have not sufficiently translated into real protection. . . . [T]he book's main message is crystal clear--a system of large and well protected parks must still be the cornerstone of all conservation strategiesaimed at limiting the inevitable reduction of the planet's biodiversity."--Conservation Biology