Nature's Geography: New Lessons for Conservation in Developing Countries / Edition 1

Nature's Geography: New Lessons for Conservation in Developing Countries / Edition 1

by Karl S. Zimmerer
     
 

Developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are increasingly influenced by human-induced environmental changes. It is crucial that sustainable development be based on insights into these expanding processes—conservation as well as deterioration. Nature’s Geography offers a new perspective on the geographical nature of these changes.

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Developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are increasingly influenced by human-induced environmental changes. It is crucial that sustainable development be based on insights into these expanding processes—conservation as well as deterioration. Nature’s Geography offers a new perspective on the geographical nature of these changes. The book reveals how human-environment relations must be understood at multiple scales and time frames.
    Editors Karl S. Zimmerer and Kenneth R. Young have forged an exciting group of case studies from distinguished geographers focusing on high mountains, tropical forests, and lowlands, as well as humid and arid-semiarid landscapes. Each chapter analyzes the implications for meshing environmental protection and sound resource use with development.
    The case studies evaluate three topics: spatial habitat fragmentation and forest dynamics; disturbances in mountain ecosystems; and the major activities of settled areas, chiefly farming, livestock-raising, and forestry. Included are analyses of interactions involving wildlife, such as primates and wild pandas; assessment of fire impacts and road-building; long-term forest management as well as recent techniques; and the role of environmental variation and ecosystem properties in agriculture and rangeland.
    Nature’s Geography demonstrates the vital importance of advancing a new approach to geography. This definitive study of landscape change and environmental dynamics will have wide appeal for those interested in geography, ecology, environmental studies, conservation biology, and development studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299159146
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Figures
Maps
Tables
Contributors
Introduction: The Geographical Nature of Landscape Change3
Pt. 1The Conservation Challenges of Forest Loss and Fragmentation35
1Landscape Change and Resource Conservation along the Tana River, Kenya39
2Forest Landscape Dynamics and Panda Conservation in Southwestern China56
3Deforestation in Landscapes with Humid Forests in the Central Andes: Patterns and Processes75
4Monitoring Forests in the Andes Using Remote Sensing: An Example from Southern Ecuador100
Pt. 2The Conservation Challenges of Disturbances in High Mountains121
5Fire Management and Natural Landscapes in the Chirripo Paramo, Chirripo National Park, Costa Rica125
6Human Impact on the High Paramo Landscape of the Venezuelan Andes147
7Grazing the Forest, Shaping the Landscape? Continuing the Debate about Forest Dynamics in Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal184
Pt. 3Land Use in Settled Areas and the Prospects for Conservation-with-Development209
8Biogeography of Land-Use Impacts in the Near East215
9The Interaction of Grazing History with Rainfall and Its Influence on Annual Rangeland Dynamics in the Sahel237
10Disturbances and Diverse Crops in the Farm Landscapes of Highland South America262
11The Ecology, Use, and Conservation of Temperate and Subalpine Forest Landscapes of West Central Nepal287
12Ethnobotanical Knowledge and Environmental Risk: Foragers and Farmers in Northern Borneo307
Conclusion: Biological Conservation in Developing Countries327
Index345

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