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<p>Scientists and policymakers must work together if solutions to the biodiversity crisis are to be found. Yet all too often, scientific data are unknown or incomprehensible to policymakers, and political realities are not fully appreciated by scientists.<p>Environmental Policy and Biodiversity addresses this problem by presenting both an overview of important concepts in the field of conservation biology and an examination of the strengths and limitations of the policymaking process. Topics covered include: <ul> <li>the ethical and scientific bases of conservation biology <li>the effectiveness of existing environmental policy in protecting biodiversity <li>case studies from California, the Great Lakes region, southern Appalachia, and the Florida panhandle <li>an examination of overall environmental policy goals and processes </ul> Featuring provocative and clearly argued essays from a range of disciplines, Environmental Policy and Biodiversity provides resource professionals with valuable insight into conservation issues, and can serve as a useful tool in both graduate and undergraduate courses in conservation biology and environmental policy.
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Presents an overview of concepts in conservation biology, and examines the strengths and limitations of the policymaking process. Topics include the ethical and scientific bases of conservation biology, environmental policy goals and processes, and case studies from California, southern Appalachia, and the Florida panhandle. For professionals and students in graduate and undergraduate courses in conservation biology and environmental policy. Paper edition (unseen), $22.00 Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559632836
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 426
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
1 The Preservation of Natural Biotic Communities 25
2 What Is Conservation Biology? 35
3 What Do Genetics and Ecology Tell Us About the Design of Nature Reserves? 55
4 The Landscape Ecology of Large Disturbances in the Design and Management of Nature Reserves 75
5 Conservation Biology in Context: An Interview with Michael Soule 99
6 Taking Account of the Ecosystem on the Public Domain: Law and Ecology in the Greater Yellowstone Region (1989) 111
7 Six Biological Reasons Why the Endangered Species Act Doesn't Work - and What to Do About It (1991) 181
8 Response to: "Six Biological Reasons Why the Endangered Species Act Doesn't Work - and What to Do About It" (1992) 201
9 Defining the Role of Conservation Biology in the Law of Protecting Ecosystems (1994) 209
10 An Ecologist's View of Biodiversity Law: An Interview with David Wilcove (1994) 221
11 The Wildlands Project: Land Conservation Strategy (1992) 233
12 Science, Values, and Uncertainty: A Critique of The Wildlands Project (1994) 267
13 Conservation Through Coordination: California's Experiment in Bioregional Councils (1994) 273
14 The Natural Community Conservation Planning Program and the Coastal Sage Scrub Ecosystem of Southern California (1994) 281
15 Great Lakes Intergovernmental Cooperation: A Framework for Endangered Species Conservation (1993) 293
16 Forging an Ecosystem Management Plan for the Chattooga River Basin (1994) 303
17 Policy and Process: Ecosystem Management on Department of Defence Lands in Northern Florida (1994) 311
18 Uncertainty, Resource Exploitation, and Conservation: Lessons from History (1993) 327
19 Creating and Using Knowledge for Species and Ecosystem Conservation: Science, Organizations, and Policy (1993) 335
20 Setting the Political Agenda: Paradigmatic Shifts in Land and Water Policy (1994) 365
21 Mixing Conservation Biology with Grassroots Environmentalism: An Interview with Bonnie Phillips-Howard (1994) 379
An Ecological Denouement 387
About the Contributors 395
Index 401
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