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

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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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“The best hope for protecting and sustaining the earth rests in understanding the way it works, particularly the ways in which human activities shape the natural world. The geographers reporting here bring a special set of skills to their work. They show us how complicated, delicate, and enigmatic the interactions of people and nature can be, and how careful we must be in our tinkering if we want to keep celebrating a planet like this one.”—David R. Brower, Earth Island Institute

“This is a substantial and scholarly contribution by geographers to the biological conservation literature.”—Thomas T. Veblen, University of Colorado

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299159146
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Karl Zimmerer is professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the author of Changing Fortunes: Biodiversity and Peasant Livelihood in the Peruvian Andes. Kenneth R. Young is associate professor of geography at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and editor of Biogeografía, Ecología, y Conservación del Bosque Montano en el Perú.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Geographical Nature of Landscape Change 3
Pt. 1 The Conservation Challenges of Forest Loss and Fragmentation 35
1 Landscape Change and Resource Conservation along the Tana River, Kenya 39
2 Forest Landscape Dynamics and Panda Conservation in Southwestern China 56
3 Deforestation in Landscapes with Humid Forests in the Central Andes: Patterns and Processes 75
4 Monitoring Forests in the Andes Using Remote Sensing: An Example from Southern Ecuador 100
Pt. 2 The Conservation Challenges of Disturbances in High Mountains 121
5 Fire Management and Natural Landscapes in the Chirripo Paramo, Chirripo National Park, Costa Rica 125
6 Human Impact on the High Paramo Landscape of the Venezuelan Andes 147
7 Grazing the Forest, Shaping the Landscape? Continuing the Debate about Forest Dynamics in Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal 184
Pt. 3 Land Use in Settled Areas and the Prospects for Conservation-with-Development 209
8 Biogeography of Land-Use Impacts in the Near East 215
9 The Interaction of Grazing History with Rainfall and Its Influence on Annual Rangeland Dynamics in the Sahel 237
10 Disturbances and Diverse Crops in the Farm Landscapes of Highland South America 262
11 The Ecology, Use, and Conservation of Temperate and Subalpine Forest Landscapes of West Central Nepal 287
12 Ethnobotanical Knowledge and Environmental Risk: Foragers and Farmers in Northern Borneo 307
Conclusion: Biological Conservation in Developing Countries 327
Index 345
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