Biodiversity: A Challenge for Development Research and Policy / Edition 1

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The preservation of biodiversity is an essential part of the global concept for sustainable development. Ecologically and socially acceptable management of biodiversity is a prerequisite for the preservation of the wealth and productivity of natural ecological systems, and maintainance of the cultural differences in the relationship between man and nature. The Agenda 21 adopted at the Rio Summit in 1992 calls for concerted action by governments, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and the scientific community for the preservation of biodiversity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540639497
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 4/2/2001
  • Edition description: 1st ed. 1998. Corr. 2nd printing 2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 429
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Biodiversity - Is there a Second Chance? 3
Knotted Ropes, Rings, Lattices and Lace: Retrofitting Biodiversity into the Cultural Landscape 13
Teaching Sustainable Management of Renewable Resources 33
Marine Biodiversity - Thoughts on the Subjects and their Investigators 43
Aspects of Botanical Biodiversity in Southern African Arid Regions - An Outline of Concepts and Results 53
The Surumoni Project: The Botanical Approach Toward Gaining an Interdisciplinary Understanding of the Functions of the Rain Forest Canopy 71
Zonal Features of Phytodiversity under Natural Conditions and under Human Impact - a Comparative Survey 83
Fluctuations, Chaos and Succession in a Living Environment 111
Landscape Diversity - a Holistic Approach 129
Loss of Biodiversity in European Agriculture during the 20th Century 145
Traditional Use of Tropical Biodiversity in Melanesia 157
Science and Technology - Sustainable Economics (condensed version) 175
Biodiversity - Resource for New Products, Development and Self-Reliance 181
Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing 199
Bolivia is a Megadiversity Country and a Developing Country 213
Floristic Inventory of Bolivia - an Indispensable Contribution to Sustainable Development? 243
Richness and Utilization of Palms in Bolivia - some Essential Criteria for their Management 269
Diversity of Mammals in Bolivia 279
Geoecology and Biodiversity - Problems and Perspectives for the Management of Natural Resources of Bolivia's Forest and Savanna Ecosystems 289
Priorities for Conservation in Bolivia, Illustrated by a Continent-Wide Analysis of Bird Distributions 313
Amphibian Species Diversity in Bolivia 329
Land Use, Economy and the Conservation of Biodiversity of High-Andean Forests in Bolivia 339
Using Lake Titicaca's Biological Resources - Problems and Alternatives 353
Conservation of Biodiversity: a National Task 369
Friends of Nature Foundation (FAN Bolivia) - The Involvement of NGOs in Conservation in Bolivia 389
Development and Biodiversity Conservation in Bolivia - A Call for Research and Action 399
List of Contributors 415
Subject Index 419
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