Requiem for Nature
By (author) John Terborgh
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Requiem for Nature by John Terborgh
Book DescriptionIn Requiem for Nature, John Terborgh examines current conservation strategies and considers the shortcomings of parks and protected areas both from ecological and institutional perspectives. He explains how seemingly pristine environments can gradually degrade, and describes the difficult social context-a debilitating combination of poverty, corruption, abuses of power, political instability, and a frenzied scramble for quick riches-in which tropical conservation must take place. He considers the significant challenges facing existing parks and examines problems inherent in alternative approaches, such as ecotourism, the exploitation of nontimber forest products, "sustainable use," and "sustainable development." Throughout, Terborgh argues that the greatest challenges of conservation are not scientific, but are social, economic, and political, and that success will require simultaneous progress on all fronts. He makes a compelling case that nature can be saved, but only if good science and strong institutions can be thoughtfully combined.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781559635882
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Shearwater Books,US
Publisher: Island Press
Publish Date: 9-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John Terborgh
Making Parks Work, Paperback (March 2002)
An overview of the status of protected tropical areas including case studies from Africa, Latin America and Asia. It analyzes a variety of problems that parks face and suggests policies and practices fo coping with them.
Where Have All the Birds Gone?, Paperback (December 1989)» View all books by John Terborgh
Scrutinizing ill-planned urban and suburban development in the United States and the tropical deforestation of Central and South America, this work summarizes our knowledge of the subtle combination of circumstances that is devastating our bird populations.
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