Against Extinction: The Story of Conservation

Against Extinction: The Story of Conservation

by William Bill Adams
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1844070557

ISBN-13: 9781844070558

Pub. Date: 02/28/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

'Conservation in the 21st century needs to be different and this book is a good indicator of why' Bulletin of British Ecological Society. Against Extinction tells the history of wildlife conservation from its roots in the 19th century, through the foundation of the Society for the Preservation of the Wild Fauna of the Empire in London in 1903 to the huge and

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'Conservation in the 21st century needs to be different and this book is a good indicator of why' Bulletin of British Ecological Society. Against Extinction tells the history of wildlife conservation from its roots in the 19th century, through the foundation of the Society for the Preservation of the Wild Fauna of the Empire in London in 1903 to the huge and diverse international movement of the present day. It vividly portrays conservation's legacy of big game hunting, the battles for the establishment of national parks, the global importance of species conservation and debates over the sustainable use of and trade in wildlife. Bill Adams addresses the big questions and ideas that have driven conservation for the last 100 years: How can the diversity of life be maintained as human demands on the Earth expand seemingly without limit? How can preservation be reconciled with human rights and the development needs of the poor? Is conservation something that can be imposed by a knowledgeable elite, or is it something that should emerge naturally from people's free choices? These have never been easy questions, and they are as important in the 21st century as at any time in the past. The author takes us on a lively historical journey in search of the answers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844070558
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordviii
Prefacexii
Acknowledgementsxiv
List of Acronyms and Abbreviationsxv
1The Challenge of Nature1
Bringing back the wild1
From guns to parks4
The problem of naturalness6
Community and conservation9
Hybrid nature10
The challenge of conservation11
Outline of the book12
2Good Hunting19
Empty plains19
Imperial conservation22
Extinction25
Pressure for preservation27
Proper hunting30
Shooting as an argument for conservation37
On safari39
3The Global Conservation Regime43
The need for international action43
Empire preservation46
Beyond empire47
Global nature conservation49
Decolonization and conservation51
The new professionals54
Broadcast nature58
Nature lovers: the growth of popular environmentalism60
Partners for conservation62
4Nature in Its Place67
Reserves for wildlife67
Dividing the land73
The idea of national parks76
The national park spirit82
Nature and parks in the United Kingdom84
Parks for the colonies88
Decolonization and national parks93
The conservation estate97
5Poachers to Partners101
Saving the wild101
Wilderness and cultural imagination102
Managing wild nature107
The poacher at home108
Nature's fortress111
Living with parks115
Parks for people117
6Two by Two125
Some are more equal than others125
Red for danger129
Operation save the species132
The wild captive137
Saving the unicorns140
Releasing the captive144
Species in situ147
Species and identity150
7The Demands of Development153
Spaceship Earth153
Human space155
Development, colonization and conservation157
Wildlife and development160
Game, disease and development162
Nature's conservationist166
Sustainable development169
The impacts of development171
Damned by development173
Reconciling conservation and development176
8Trading Nature181
A zoo in their luggage181
The problem of ivory184
Outconsuming nature186
Without borders189
The devil and the deep blue sea190
The fur flies194
Use it or lose it200
9Conservation's Plan203
Conservation's corporate plan203
Back to barriers207
The costs and benefits of conservation209
The wildlife resource214
Wildlife as a crop217
Community-based safari hunting220
Profiting with nature223
10Society with Nature227
Nature's degradation227
Nature's renewal231
Nature's image232
Nature's neighbours235
Society with nature239
Notes241
Index303

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