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Essentials of Conservation Biology

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Essentials of Conservation Biology, Fifth Edition 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. Each chapter begins with general ideas and principles, which are illustrated with choice examples from the current literature. The most instructive examples are discussed in boxes highlighting species and issues of particular significance. Chapters end with summaries, an annotated list of suggested readings, and discussion questions. This new edition comes with summary statements in the text margins, as study aids. Essentials of Conservation Biology, Fifth Edition is beautifully illustrated in full colour and is written in clear, non-technical language.
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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 Ecological Economics and Direct Use Values Indirect Use Values Ethical Values PART III: THREATS TO BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY Extinction Vulnerability to Extinction Habitat Destruction, Fragmentation, Degradation, and Global Climate Change 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 Networks of Protected Areas Managing Protected Areas Conservation Outside Protected Areas Restoration Ecology PART VI: CONSERVATION AND HUMAN SOCIETIES Conservation and Sustainable Development at the Local and National Levels An International Approache to Conservation and Sustainable Development An Agenda for the Future Glossary Appendix Bibliography

About the Author

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 is currently Editor of the journal Biological Conservation and a past President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.

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