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International Handbook of National Parks and Nature Reserves

International Handbook of National Parks and Nature Reserves

by Craig W. Allin


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Allinis handbook provides a masterful survey of the parks and the systems whereby they came into being and are managed (or in some cases mismanaged) today. . . . Throughout ispaceship earthi there is an audience for this fine book in public and academic libraries. Wilson Library Bulletin

This volume fills an important gap in the national parks literature by providing a unique comparative exploration of global parks preservation. Written by a group of distinguished contributors—each an expert in his or her area of coverage—the handbook describes and evaluates the national parks and nature preserves in 25 nations and one regional cluster. The nations selected range from some of the wealthiest and most technologically sophisticated in the world to some of the least developed, and they represent the regional diversity to be found within each of six continents—Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America—as well as a number of Pacific island nations. Each chapter is written to a common outline and addresses the history of park preservation in that country, the natural values associated with parks and preserves, and the legal and administrative structures charged with park protection.

The editoris introduction sets the stage for the chapters that follow by discussing the national park concept and its historical implementation first in individual nations and later by means of international agreements and institutions. Of the 27 chapters that follow, 24 deal comprehensively with the parks and reserves of a single nation and one treats the nine nations of French-speaking west Africa. Two chapters address the diverse systems of nature preservation which have been established in the United States. One focuses on the traditional national parks while the other examines the recently established wilderness areas. Within each chapter a section on history describes the major events associated with park preservation. A section on the parks and reserves themselves describes the geological, historical, archaeological, biological, ecological, aesthetic, or recreational values designated for protection. A third section evaluates the agencies charged with park protection and the pressures and constraints under which they operate. Each chapter also includes notes and a select bibliography. An important acquisition for library collections dealing with conservation, this handbook will also be an invaluable reference source for scholars and researchers in the field. Numerous tables and figures enhance the text.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313249020
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/22/1990
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.19(d)

About the Author

CRAIG W. ALLIN is Professor of Political Science at Cornell College, Iowa. He is the author of The Politics of Wilderness Preservation (Greenwood Press, 1982) and many journal articles.

Table of Contents


Introduction by Craig W. Allin

Argentina by Susan Calafate Boyle and Terence P. Boyle

Australia by J. Geoffrey Mosley

Canada by Harold K. Eidsvik and William D. Henwood

Chile by Carlos A. Weber

Republic of China by Lung-Sheng Chang and Shin Wang

Colombia by Heliodoro Sánchez Páez

Federal Republic of Germany by Hans Bibelriether

Great Britain by Brynmor Hugh Green

Greece by Kostas Kassioumis

Honduras by Jaime Bustillo-Pon

India by Samar Singh and W. A. Rodgers

Indonesia by Alan H. Robinson and Effendy A. Sumardja

Japan by Noriyuki Ito

Kenya by G. Wesley Burnett

Malaysia by Susan Kay Jacobson

New Zealand by Patrick J. Devlin, Paul R. Dingwall, and P. H. C. Lucas

Norway by Olav Gjaerevoll

Papua New Guinea by Peter Eaton

Peru by Marc J. Dourojeanni

South Africa by Leslie M. Reid and Jacobus N. Steyn

Uganda by Frederick I. B. Kayanja

Union of Socialist Soviet Republics by Yury Yazan

United States: National Parks by Michael Frome, Roland W. Wauer, and Paul C. Pritchard

United States: Wilderness Areas by George H. Stankey

Venezuela by Jesús M. Delgado

West Africa by Harald H. Roth, André Dupuy

Zimbabwe by Russell D. Taylor


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