Politics of the Wild: Canada and Endangered Species

Paperback | March 15, 2001

EditorKaren Beazley, Robert Boardman

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Politics of the Wild details the 353 species at risk in Canada and considers both the intrinsic and the instrumental reasons for protecting biological diversity. It examines the need for habitat protection, terrestrial protected areas such as national parks, marine species at risk, and thevarious legislative and interest group attempts to preserve biodiversity. Public policy on endangered species is considered from both historical and comparative perspectives, as is Canada's role in establishing international agreements--the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species andthe Convention on Biological Diversity--and the government's failure in recent years to meet the obligations of these and other environmental agreements. The final chapter looks at the Species at Risk Act (SARA) and its recent predecessor, Bill C-65, and reveals the difficulties of crafting and passing such legislation in an increasingly decentralized federal state such as Canada. Both legislative attempts were criticized--by the environmentalpolicy community for not doing enough, and by the provinces and business for trying to do too much. All the while, diverse regional interests and economic imperatives run the risk of endangering far more than merely Canadian species at risk.

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With the majority of Canadians feeling that the environment is a crucial societal issue, editors Karen Beazley and Robert Boardman have created a timely volume with Politics in the Wild: Canada and Endangered Species. With a special focus on the historical and contemporary contexts of endangered species issues, the editors bring to...

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Politics of the Wild details the 353 species at risk in Canada and considers both the intrinsic and the instrumental reasons for protecting biological diversity. It examines the need for habitat protection, terrestrial protected areas such as national parks, marine species at risk, and thevarious legislative and interest group attempts...

Karen Beazley is an assistant professor in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University. Her research and teaching interests include protcted area system planning, biological diversity conservation, conservation biology, landscape ecology, and environmental ethics. She is a member of the board of directors...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:March 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceDavid Suzuki: AbbreviationsIntroductionKaren Beazley and Robert Boardman: Part One: From Philosophy to Science1. Karen Beazley: Why Should We Protect Endangered Species? Philosophical and Ecological Rationale2. Bill Freedman, Dalhousie University, Lindsay Rodger, World Wildlife Fund Canada, Peter Ewins, World Wildlife Fund Canada, and David M. Green, McGill University: Species at Risk in Canada3. David Gauthier, University of Regina and Ed Wiken, Canadian Council on Ecological Areas: Avoiding the Endangerment of Species: The Importance of Habitats and Ecosystems4. Philip Dearden, University of Victoria: Endangered Species and Terrestrial Protected Areas5. Martin Willison, Dalhousie University: Endangered Marine Species and Marine Protected Areas in CanadaPart Two: From Science to Policy6. Stephen Bocking, Trent University: The Politics of Endangered Species: A Historical Perspective7. William Amos, Kathryn Harrison, and George Hoberg, all at University of British Columbia: In Search of a Minimum Winning Coalition: The Politics of Species- at-Risk Legislation in Canada8. Robert Boardman: Risk Politics in Western States: Canadian Species in Comparative Perspective9. Philippe Le Prestre, UQAM and Peter Stoett, Concordia University: International Initiatives, Commitments and Disappointments: Canada, CITES, and the CBD10. Robert Boardman, Amelia Clarke, and Karen Beazley: The Prospects for Canada's Species at RiskWeb SitesContributorsIndex

From Our Editors

With the majority of Canadians feeling that the environment is a crucial societal issue, editors Karen Beazley and Robert Boardman have created a timely volume with Politics in the Wild: Canada and Endangered Species. With a special focus on the historical and contemporary contexts of endangered species issues, the editors bring together an intelligent and diverse set of perspectives. Scientific, philosophical, political and legal ideas are all integrated into this fascinating work. This extremely important work of conservation is a highly accessibly and engaging volume.