Conserving Bird Biodiversity: General Principles and their Application

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Reliable information is the foundation upon which local, national and international conservation efforts are based, placing research at the heart of biodiversity conservation. The fundamental role of research is diverse and includes understanding the importance of biodiversity, defining 'units' of biodiversity, priority-setting for species and sites, managing endangered and declining populations, understanding large-scale processes, making predictions about the future, and interfacing with training, education, public awareness and policy initiatives. Using real examples, researchers consider the principles underlying these manifold issues and illustrate how these principles have been applied to address actual conservation problems.

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Scholars of the biological and environmental sciences from around the world focus on specific conservation problems, particularly in countries that are rich in such problems and poor in resources to deal with them. If the project design and management are good, they say, then technical skills, infrastructure, and resources can lead to an effective conservation effort. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"This book will be important to conservationists in general, not just ornithologists. Recommended." Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521783408
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: Conservation Biology Series , #7
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
1 Biodiversity - evolution, species, genes 1
2 Why conserve bird diversity? 20
3 Mapping and monitoring bird populations: their conservation uses 34
4 Priority-setting in species conservation 61
5 Selecting sites for conservation 74
6 Critically endangered bird populations and their management 105
7 Diagnosing causes of population declines and selecting remedial actions 139
8 Outside the reserve: pandemic threats to bird biodiversity 157
9 Predicting the impact environmental change 180
10 Fragmentation, habitat loss and landscape management 202
11 The interface between research, education and training 224
12 Conservation policies and programmes affecting birds 246
References 271
Index 322
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