Conservation biology: foundations, concepts, applications by Fred Van Dyke

By Fred Van Dyke

Fred Van Dyke’s new textbook, Conservation Biology: Foundations, suggestions, functions, 2d version, represents a massive new textual content for somebody attracted to conservation. Drawing on his significant event, Van Dyke’s organizational readability and readable kind make this publication a useful source for college students in conservation round the globe.

Presenting key details and well-selected examples, this student-friendly quantity conscientiously integrates the technological know-how of conservation biology with its implications for ethics, legislation, coverage and economics.

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The Germans, Leopold wrote to a colleague in disgust, had “taught the world to plant trees like cabbages” (quoted in Guha 2000:55). Leopold was not only disillusioned with German-inspired principles of forest monocultures, but also with the philosophical underpinnings of the Resource Conservation Ethic that supported it. Leopold became convinced that such an ethic was inadequate, principally because it was untrue. The land was not, as established management science taught, a collection of separate, compartmentalized entities that could be managed for commodity production.

Several early treaties addressed conservation of migratory species, including those that bred on the shore or in rivers leading to the ocean, but that spend all or most of their adult life in the sea; migratory marine species that travel over ocean areas across national boundaries; terrestrial species that migrate from breeding to non-breeding areas across international boundaries; and relatively sedentary terrestrial species that live near international boundaries and routinely cross them in the course of normal movements.

Paul Sarasin, Swiss scientist and international statesman of conservation, who founded the Swiss League for Nature Protection and whose vision of an international conservation network eventually led to the formation of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). ” In a memo to his Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, Roosevelt wrote “I am more and more convinced that conservation is a basis of permanent peace” (quoted in Holdgate 1999:15). Roosevelt did not live to see his ideas bear fruit, but his vision and initiatives contributed to the formation of the United Nations (UN) in 1948.

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