Conservation biogeography / [edited by] Richard J. Ladle and Robert J. Whittaker.Material type: TextPublication details: New Jersey : Wiley-Blackwell, c2011Description: xii, 301 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cmISBN: 9781444335040 (pbk.)Subject(s): Conservation biology | Biodiversity conservation | Protected areas | BiogeographyDDC classification: 333.9516
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -269) index.
Part I: Roots Relevance, Aims and Values
1. The roots of conservation biogeography --
2. Social values and conservation biogeography --
3. Baselines, patterns and process --
Part 2: The Distribution of Diversity: Challenges and Applications
4. Basic biogeography : Estimating biodiversity and mapping nature --
5. The shaping of the global protected area estate --
6. Systematic conservation planning : Past, present and future --
Part 3: Conservation Planning in a Changing world
7. Planning for persistence in a changing world --
8. Applied island biogeography --
9. Biological invasions and the homogenization of faunas and floras --
Part 4: Future Directions
10. Prospects and challenges--
Glossary of terms--
The Earth's ecosystems are in the midst of an unprecedented period of change as a result of human action. Many habitats have been completely destroyed or divided into tiny fragments, others have been transformed through the introduction of new species, or the extinction of native plants and animals, while anthropogenic climate change now threatens to completely redraw the geographic map of life on this planet. The urgent need to understand and prescribe solutions to this complicated and interlinked set of pressing conservation issues has lead to the transformation of the venerable academic discipline of biogeography - the study of the geographic distribution of animals and plants. The newly emerged sub-discipline of conservation biogeography uses the conceptual tools and methods of biogeography to address real world conservation problems and to provide predictions about the fate of key species and ecosystems over the next century. This book provides the first comprehensive review of the field in a series of closely interlinked chapters addressing the central issues within this exciting and important subject.
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