Making Choices about the Naturalness of Ecosystems
This book examines the concept of naturalness in ecosystems, discusses its values and considers choices about the level of naturalness in conservation efforts. The author argues that all ecosystems have been modified and the idea of places 'untouched by humans' is a myth. But there are large...
Published August 24th 2011 by Unknown
Multiple Benefits for Conservation and Use
Most protected areas (e.g.national parks and nature reserves) have been created to protect wildlife and land- and seascape values. They currently cover over 13% of the world's land surface, around 12% of marine coastal areas and 4% of the marine shelf. Retaining and expanding these areas in the...
Published March 24th 2010 by Unknown
Assessing Forests at a Landscape Scale
Series: The Earthscan Forest Library
Deforestation is frequently a topic of discussion in the environmental arena, but it is not just the number of trees that matters; the quality of the forest is also important. Even where the forest area is stable or increasing, there are often rapid changes in its character. Natural forests are...
Published September 1st 2006 by Unknown
New Strategies for Planning and Management for Protected Areas
Taking into consideration the fact that many ecosystems are under-represented in protected areas of land and water and traditional management methods have often been ineffective, this volume describes how improvements can be made. Specifically, it explores ways of ensuring that all major ecosystems...
Published May 1st 1999 by Unknown
The Timber Trade and the Degradation of Global Forests
The world's forests are disappearing at an alarming rate, and with disastrous consequences. Demand for wood and paper products ranks high amongst the causes of deforestation and forest degradation, and is now the major cause of loss in those forests richest in wildlife. There is a great deal to be...
Published May 1st 1995 by Unknown