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Conservation : replacing quality with quality as a goal for global management
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New York : John Wiley & Sons, 1995


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30000003156530 S938 J67 1995 Open Access Book Book

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Conservation is evolving into an exciting new field, much broader and more relevant than in past decades. Traditional conservation, focusing on resource management and population biology cannot alone solve the problem of environmental deterioration, now help us achieve a more sustainable approach to environmental management. Modern conservationists must also be aware of economics, political, social, cultural, and even philosophical factors, and learn how these are critical in the mission to leave future generations an environment that is as good as, and hopefully better than the one we experience now.

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Carl F. Jordan is Professor Emeritus, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia.

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In an age of increasing concern for the environment, Jordan examines the "tangled web of interrelated social and economic problems" that confront conservation. He contends that the emphasis of conservation has shifted from management of seemingly limited resources to maintaining the quality of human life. The author's clear, understandable writing employs effective examples to illustrate general principles of conservation. Chapters cover conservation history, environmental trends and ethics, resource management, biodiversity preservation, and the influence of economics, government policies, and culture on conservation. Four photo-essays present case studies of environmental problems and solutions, focusing primarily on the author's specialty, tropical forests. This work is intended for use in introductory courses on conservation of the environment. A more in-depth discussion of resource conservation and environmental problems is found in G. Tyler Miller's Living in the Environment (8th ed., 1994). Readings at the ends of chapters and the almost 400 references are current and cite noted environmental writers and scientists. Useful subject and cited author indexes. Recommended for undergraduates. C. E. Buckley; Illinois State University

Table of Contents

Conservation History
Environmental Trends
Environmental Ethics
Ecological Economics
Policies for Conservation
Management of Natural Resources
Preservation of Biodiversity