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Water policy in Australia: the impact of change and uncertainty.Artist/Author: Crase, Lin.
This title is not held in stock but we are happy to supply on special order. Please contact us. Presents an account of the Australia’s critical water issues and includes perspectives from behavioural and institutional economists, engineers, hydrologists, sociologists, and water law specialists. This book provides insight into the challenges of institutional change, as well as lessons on the design of property rights for complex resources.
Designing field studies for biodiversity conservation.Artist/Author: Feinsinger, Peter.
This work explains how to undertake field studies to guide conservation work. It is aimed at anyone working in conservation regardless of their professional or scientific background. The methods and procedures of scientific inquiry are explained in a step-by-step manner. The author wants to make the process of doing science accessible and effective. The purpose of this book is not only to offer information, but primarily to catalyze the process of good thinking, so that readers can learn how to think and understand the importance of broad inquiry, no matter what the conservation project.
Managing water for Australia: the social and institutional changes.Artist/Author: Hussey, Karen and Stephen Dovers, editors.
This book addresses major challenges in implementing required reforms in Australian water policy and management, with particular focus on social sciences research and knowledge that can inform policy. The NWI (National Water Initiative) was launched in 2004, with a schedule of implementation through to 2014, and is now agreed to by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments. It is the overarching policy framework guiding Australian water management. The NWI continues and significantly extends key policy reforms in Australia over the past two decades, and brings these together into one powerful agenda which incorporates, among other things, integrated catchment management, tradable water rights, full accounting of resources and use, regional plans, and environmental allocations. The NWI sets out an ambitious and difficult reform agenda, the magnitude of which is only now beginning to be realised. Assumptions regarding implementation are being unsettled by realisations of critical knowledge deficits.
Ecology and ecosystem conservation.Artist/Author: Schmitz, Oswald.
The book begins by exploring the need for ecological science in understanding current environmental issues and briefly discussing what ecology is and isn’t. Subsequent chapters address critical issues in conservation and show how ecological science can be applied to them. Also available in hardcover [stock id 25879].
Wildlife damage control.Artist/Author: Hone, Jim.
Vertebrate pests cause problems in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, to human and animal health and safety and to human recreation. The types of wildlife damage are many and varied, and can be costly. Until now, there has been little effort to identify and evaluate generalities across that broad range of species, methods and topics. This book is an attempt to do so. “Wildlife Damage Control” promotes principle-based thinking about managing impact. It documents and discusses the key principles underlying wildlife damage and its control, and demonstrates their application to real-life topics – how they have been used in management actions or how they could be tested in the future. It synthesises the wide but diffuse literature dealing with the impacts of vertebrate pests and encourages readers to adopt a more theoretical framework for thinking about pest impacts and ways to manage them. The book is organised around key principles that apply across species, rather than looking at individual species, and is damage-based not pest animal-based.
Wildlife-habitat relationships: concepts and applications.Artist/Author: Morrison, Michael L., et al.
Provides an understanding of the importance of habitat relationships in studying and managing wildlife. This book combines basic field zoology and natural history, evolutionary biology, ecological theory, and quantitative tools in explaining ecological processes and their influence on wildlife and habitats. It also includes a glossary of terms., “Wildlife-Habitat Relationships” goes beyond introductory wildlife biology texts to provide wildlife professionals and students with an understanding of the importance of habitat relationships in studying and managing wildlife. The book offers a unique synthesis and critical evaluation of data, methods, and studies, along with specific guidance on how to conduct rigorous studies. Now in its third edition, “Wildlife-Habitat Relationships” combines basic field zoology and natural history, evolutionary biology, ecological theory, and quantitative tools in explaining ecological processes and their influence on wildlife and habitats. Also included is a glossary of terms that every wildlife professional should know. Also available in hardcover [stock id 25529].
Gaining Ground: In Pursuit of Ecological SustainabilityArtist/Author: Lavigne, David M., editor.
Gaining Ground: In Pursuit of Ecological Sustainability, contains 26 chapters written by a variety of conservationists, spanning the fields of conservation biology, fishery science, wildlife biology, ethics, economics, engineering, and the social sciences. The authors come from such diverse places as Australia, Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, India, and the United States. The contents should be of interest to all conservationists, including academics, undergraduates and graduate students, educators, wildlife managers, policy makers, and all people concerned about the current state of the planet and the human condition, and our attempts to achieve ecological sustainability.
The end of the wild.Artist/Author: Meyer, Stephen M.
This work is a wake-up call that argues that although it may be too late to save biodiversity, we can take steps to save our ecosystems. With the extinction rate at 3000 species a year and accelerating, we can now predict that as many as half of the Earth’s species will disappear within the next 100 years. The species that survive will be the ones that are most compatible with us: the weedy species – from mosquitoes to coyotes – that thrive in continually disturbed human-dominated environments. “The End of the Wild” is a wake-up call. Marshaling evidence from the last ten years of research on the environment, Stephen Meyer argues that nothing – not national or international laws, global bioreserves, local sustainability schemes, or “wildlands” – will change the course that has been set. Like it or not, we can no longer talk about conserving nature, only managing what is left. The race to save biodiversity is over. But that doesn’t mean our work is over. “The End of the Wild” is also a call to action., Without intervention, the surviving ecosystems we depend on for a range of services – including water purification and flood and storm damage control – could fail and the global spread of invasive species (pests, parasites, and disease-causing weedy species) could explode. If humanity is to survive, Meyer argues, we have no choice but to try to manage the fine details. We must move away from the current haphazard strategy of protecting species in isolation and create trans-regional “meta-reserves,” designed to protect ecosystem functions rather than species-specific habitats.
Conservation across borders: biodiversity in an interdependent world.Artist/Author: Chester, Charles C.
Presents an overview of the history of transboundary conservation efforts and an introduction to various issues surrounding the subject. Examining the International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA) and the Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative (Y2Y), this book helps readers understand the benefits and challenges of landscape-scale protection. Conservationists have long been aware that political boundaries rarely coincide with natural boundaries. From the establishment of early “peace parks” to the designation of continental migratory pathways, a wide range of transborder mechanisms to protect biodiversity have been established by conservationists in both the public and private sectors. Conservation across borders presents a broad overview of the history of transboundary conservation efforts and an accessible introduction to current issues surrounding the subject. Also available in hardcover [stock id 24847].
Emerging threats to tropical forests.Artist/Author: Laurance, William F. and Carlos A. Peres.
Reveals the diverse panoply of perils to tropical forests and their biota, with emphasis on various dangers. In addition to documenting the vulnerability of tropical rainforests, this volume focuses on strategies for mitigating and combating emerging threats. It is suitable for researchers, students, and conservation practitioners.
“Emerging Threats to Tropical Forests” reveals the remarkably diverse panoply of perils to tropical forests and their biota, with particular emphasis on recent dangers. William F. Laurance and Carlos A. Peres identify four categories of emerging threats: those that have only recently appeared, such as the virulent chytrid fungus that is decimating rainforest amphibians throughout the tropical world; those that are growing rapidly in importance, like destructive surface fires; those that are poorly understood, namely global warming and other climatic and atmospheric changes; and environmental synergisms, whereby two or more simultaneous threats – such as habitat fragmentation and wildfires, or logging and hunting – can dramatically increase local extinction of tropical species. In addition to documenting the vulnerability of tropical rainforests, the volume focuses on strategies for mitigating and combating emerging threats. A timely and compelling book intended for researchers, students, and conservation practitioners, “Emerging Threats to Tropical Forests” will interest anyone concerned about the fate of the world’s most threatened tropical ecosystems. Also available in hardcover [stock id 24741].
Risks and decisions for conservation and environmental management.Artist/Author: Burgman, Mark.
Describes how to conduct a complete environmental risk assessment for students, researchers and professionals in ecology, conservation and resource management.
This book outlines how to conduct a complete environmental risk assessment. The first part documents the psychology and philosophy of risk perception and assessment, introducing a taxonomy of uncertainty and the importance of context. It provides a critical examination of the use and abuse of expert judgement and goes on to outline approaches to hazard identification and subjective ranking that account for uncertainty and context. The second part of the book describes technical tools that can assist risk assessments to be transparent and internally consistent. These include interval arithmetic, ecotoxicological methods, logic trees and Monte Carlo simulation. These methods have an established place in risk assessments in many disciplines and their strengths and weaknesses are explored. The last part of the book outlines some new approaches, including p-bounds and information-gap theory, and describes how quantitative and subjective assessments can be used to make transparent decisions. Hardcover [stock id 24684] is out of print.
Transboundary conservation: a new vision for protected areas.Artist/Author: Mittermeier, Russell A. et al.
A transboundary conservation area refers to an area that straddles international boundaries and is managed cooperatively for conservation purposes and may include adjacent national parks and other protected areas. Although the concept is not new, the growth in internationally adjacent protected areas in recent years have been very rapid. In 1988, there were 59 such complexes around the world. The most recent analysis, however, indicates that there are now 188 involving 818 protected areas in 112 countries, representing approximately 17% of the global extent of protected areas.
This book reviews the history of the transboundary conservation concept and application, as well as summarizes the latest information available and the many benefits that these areas provide. The book focuses on 28 transboundary conservation areas, spanning all continents including Antarctica and several marine transboundary conservation areas. It is our hope that a more thorough understanding of transboundary conservation will allow practicioners to harness this mechanism more effectively.
Transboundary conservation reflects the strong commitment of CEMEX, Conservation International, Agrupacion Sierra Madre, and the WILD Foundation to publish the latest information on global biodiversity conservation. This book highlights the new approach of transboundary conservation — one that promises to have a profound impact on protected area planning and biodiversity protection, and the potential to influence social and political change around the world.