Denying Our Planetary Boundaries
This powerful book shows us that we are in deep denial about the magnitude of the global environmental challenges and resource constraints facing the world. Despite growing scientific consensus on major environmental threats as well as resource depletion, societies are largely continuing with...
Published November 4th 2012 by Routledge
Promoting resilience and the conservation of plant genetic resources
The conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity are issues that have been high on the policy agenda since the first Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. As part of efforts to implement in situ conservation, a methodology referred to as community biodiversity management (CBM) has been developed by...
Published March 4th 2013 by Routledge
Madagascar is one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet, the result of 160 million years of isolation from the African mainland. More than 80% of its species are not found anywhere else on Earth. However, this highly diverse flora and fauna is threatened by habitat loss and...
To Be Published November 29th 2013 by Routledge
Blueprints for Sustainable Communities
The world faces a ‘perfect storm’ of social and ecological stresses, including climate change, habitat loss, resource degradation and social, economic and cultural change. In order to cope with these, communities are struggling to transition to sustainable ways of living that improve well-being and...
To Be Published April 14th 2014 by Routledge
Human Perceptions, Attitudes and Approaches to Management
There have been many well-publicized cases of invasive species of plants and animals, often introduced unintentionally but sometimes on purpose, causing widespread ecological havoc. Examples of such alien invasions include pernicious weeds such as Japanese knotweed, an introduced garden ornamental...
Published May 8th 2013 by Routledge
Invasion of non-native plant species, which has a significant impact on the earth’s ecosystems, has greatly increased in recent years due to expanding trade and transport among different countries. Understanding the ecological principles underlying the invasive process as well as the...
Published January 8th 2013 by CRC Press
Rebuilding Lost Connections
There is a growing recognition that the diversity of life comprises both biological and cultural diversity. But this division is not universal and, in many cases, has been deepened by the common disciplinary divide between the natural and social sciences and our apparent need to manage and control...
Published January 15th 2013 by Routledge
Celebrity Conservationists in the Television Age
Today's celebrity conservationists, many of whom made their reputations through television and other visual media, play a major role in drawing public attention to an increasingly threatened world. This book, one of the first to address this contribution, focuses on five key figures: the English...
To Be Published August 18th 2013 by Routledge
Lessons from 10 Years of Impact Investing
Rapid growth of the global economy has accelerated the degradation of the Earth’s most important asset: the environment. Increasing poverty and challenges arising from climate change further threaten the planet’s natural systems. With a rising global population, the demand on natural resources to...
Published November 22nd 2011 by Routledge
Many areas of unusual geology that contain ore bearing bodies also support unique ecological communities of plants and animals. Where we have increasing demand to exploit rich mineral deposits this can lead to a conflict between mining and conservation interests in such landscapes. The book of...
To Be Published December 14th 2013 by CRC Press
Social Sustainability and Governance in Europe and the Americas
The meaning and role of governance in sustainable development are examined in this detailed volume, with particular focus on territories classified as protected areas which are potential ecotourism destinations. Four key issues are addressed. First, how does multi-level...
To Be Published January 14th 2014 by Routledge
Challenges for Sustainable Development
Series: The Earthscan Forest Library
Globally rainforests are under threat on numerous fronts, including clearing for agriculture, harvesting for timber and urban expansion. Yet they have a crucial role in biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and providing other ecosystem services. Rainforests are also attractive...
To Be Published December 14th 2013 by Routledge
Sacred Ecology examines bodies of knowledge held by indigenous and other rural peoples around the world, and asks how we can learn from this knowledge and ways of knowing. Berkes explores the importance of local and indigenous knowledge as a complement to scientific ecology, and its cultural and...
Published March 18th 2012 by Routledge
Learning Journeys in Conservation
Resilience is a term that is gaining currency in conservation and sustainable development, though its meaning and value in this context is yet to be defined. Searching for Resilience in Sustainable Development examines ways in which resilience may be created within the web of ecological,...
To Be Published August 14th 2013 by Routledge
An Assessment Guide
Protected areas (PAs) contain biodiversity and ecosystems of high conservation value. In addition, these areas provide a range of benefits, both direct and indirect, to our societies and economies, i.e. so called ecosystem services. These services include, for example, an ecosystem's...
To Be Published August 14th 2013 by Routledge
Understanding the Human Environment
With over half of the global human population living in urban regions, urban ecosystems may now represent the contemporary and future human environment. Consisting of green space and the built environment, they harbour a wide range of species, yet are not well understood. This book aims...
Published March 12th 2013 by Routledge
A Comparative Study
Whales and elephants are iconic giants of the marine and terrestrial animal world. Both are conspicuous representatives of wildlife conservation. The issues of whaling and the ivory trade are closely linked, both legally and politically, in many ways; some obvious, and some surprising. The...
To Be Published October 31st 2013 by Routledge