<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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Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments
PART 1. Conservation Biology: Theories and Principles for Policy and Management
Chapter 1. The Preservation of Natural Biotic Communities
Chapter 2. What Is Conservation Biology?
Chapter 3. What Do Genetics and Ecology Tell Us about the Design of Nature Reserves?
Chapter 4. The Landscape Ecology of Large Disturbances in the Design and Management of Nature Reserves
Chapter 5. Conservation Biology in Context: An Interview with Michael Soulé
PART II. Toward a "Common Law"? of Ecosystem Management
Chapter 6. Taking Account of the Ecosystem on the Public Domain: Law and Ecology in the Greater Yellowstone Region
Chapter 7. Six Biological Reasons Why the Endangered Species Act Doesn't Workand What to Do About It
Chapter 8. Response to: "Six Biological Reasons Why The Endangered Species Act Doesn't Workand What To Do About It"
Chapter 9. Defining the Role of Conservation Biology in the Law of Protecting Ecosystems
Chapter 10. An Ecologist's View of Biodiversity Law: An Interview with David Wilcove
PART III. Applying Conservation Biology in the Real World: Case Studies
Chapter 11. The Wildlands Project: Land Conservation Strategy
Chapter 12. Science, Values, and Uncertainty: A Critique of the Wildlands Project
Chapter 13. Conservation through Coordination: California's Experiment in Bioregional Councils
Chapter 14. The Natural Community Conservation Planning Program and the Coastal Sage Scrub Ecosystem of Southern California
Chapter 15. Great Lakes Intergovernmental Cooperation: A Framework for Endangered Species Conservation
Chapter 16. Forging an Ecosystem Management Plan for the Chattooga River Basin
Chapter 17. Policy and Process: Ecosystem Management on Department of Defense Lands in Northern Florida
PART IV. Conservation Science, Politics, and Policymaking
Chapter 18. Uncertainty, Resource Exploitation, and Conservation: Lessons from History
Chapter 19. Creating and Using Knowledge for Species and Ecosystem Conservation: Science, Organizations, and Policy
Chapter 20. Setting the Political Agenda: Paradigmatic Shifts in Land and Water Policy
Chapter 21. Mixing Conservation Biology with Grassroots Environmentalism: An Interview with Bonnie Phillips-Howard
An Ecological Denouement