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Requiem for Nature, C

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For ecologist John Terborgh, Manu National Park in the rainforest of Peru is a second home; he has spent half of each of the past twenty-five years there conducting research. Like all parks, Manu is assumed to provide inviolate protection to nature. Yet even there, in one of the most remote corners of the planet, Terborgh has been witness to the relentless onslaught of civilization.

Seeing the steady destruction of irreplaceable habitat has been a startling and disturbing experience for Terborgh, one that has raised urgent questions: Is enough being done to protect nature? Are current conservation efforts succeeding? What could be done differently? What should be done differently? In Requiem for Nature, he offers brutally honest answers to those difficult questions, and appraises the prospects for the future of tropical conservation. His book is a clarion call for anyone who cares about the quality of the natural world we will leave our children.

Terborgh examines current conservation strategies and considers the shortcomings of parks and protected areas both from ecological and institutional perspectives. He explains how seemingly pristine environments can gradually degrade, and describes the difficult social context — a debilitating combination of poverty, corruption, abuses of power, political instability, and a frenzied scramble for quick riches — in which tropical conservation must take place. He considers the significant challenges facing existing parks and examines problems inherent in alternative approaches, such as ecotourism, the exploitation of nontimber forest products, "sustainable use," and "sustainable development.

Throughout, Terborgh argues that the greatest challenges of conservation are not scientific, but are social, economic, and political, and that success will require simultaneous progress on all fronts. He makes a compelling case that nature can be saved, but only if good science and strong institutions can be thoughtfully combined.

About the Author

John Terborgh is James B. Duke Professor of Environmental Science and Botany and co-director of the Center for Tropical Conservation at Duke University. Among his books are "Where Have All the Birds Gone?" (Princeton University Press, 1990) and "Diversity and the Tropical Rain Forest" (W. H. Freeman and Co., 1992).

Table of Contents

Preface

 

Chapter 1. The Making of a Dissident

Chapter 2. Assessing the Present

Chapter 3. Paradise Fading

Chapter 4. The Danger Within

Chapter 5. Parks:The Last Bastions of Nature

Chapter 6. Protecting Biodiversity

Chapter 7. Preserving Biodiversity for Posterity

Chapter 8. Tropical Forests:Worth More Dead Than Alive

Chapter 9. From Wildlands to Wasteland: Land Use and the Mirage of Sustainable Development

Chapter 10. Why Conservation in the Tropics Is Failing: The Need for a New Paradigm

Chapter 11. Hard Choices in the Twenty-First Century

Chapter 12. Nature, a Global Commons

 

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559635875
Author:
Terborgh, John
Publisher:
Island Press
Location:
Washington, D.C. :
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Nature conservation
Subject:
Sustainable Development
Subject:
Forests & Forestry - Rainforest
Subject:
Tropics
Subject:
Protected areas.
Subject:
Protected areas -- Tropics.
Subject:
Development - Sustainable Development
Subject:
Trees & Forests - Rainforests
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19990401
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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