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Against Extinction : The Story of Conservation - William Bill Adams

Against Extinction

The Story of Conservation

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'Conservation in the 21st century needs to be different and this book is a good indicator of why' Bulletin of British Ecological Society. Against Extinction tells the history of wildlife conservation from its roots in the 19th century, through the foundation of the Society for the Preservation of the Wild Fauna of the Empire in London in 1903 to the huge and diverse international movement of the present day. It vividly portrays conservation's legacy of big game hunting, the battles for the establishment of national parks, the global importance of species conservation and debates over the sustainable use of and trade in wildlife. Bill Adams addresses the big questions and ideas that have driven conservation for the last 100 years: How can the diversity of life be maintained as human demands on the Earth expand seemingly without limit? How can preservation be reconciled with human rights and the development needs of the poor? Is conservation something that can be imposed by a knowledgeable elite, or is it something that should emerge naturally from people's free choices? These have never been easy questions, and they are as important in the 21st century as at any time in the past. The author takes us on a lively historical journey in search of the answers.

Industry Reviews

'Fascinating.' From the Foreword by the Earl of Cranbrook, President, Fauna & Flora International

'An excellent and, often, amusing read.' IUCN

'This historic account is interesting for anyone working in conservation.' Gorilla Journal

'Conservation in the 21st century needs to be different and this book is a good indicator of why.' Bulletin of British Ecological Society

'Determinedly factual, and full of detail, with many interesting examples and case studies... This book is a major contribution towards opening conservationists eyes to another world of historical and cultural understanding.' Nature

'It vividly portrays conservation's emergence from big game hunting, the battles for the establishments of national parks, the global importance of species conservation and debates over the sustainable use of, and trade in, wildlife.' Bois and Forets des Tropiques, 2004.

Forewordp. viii
Prefacep. xii
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
List of Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. xv
The Challenge of Naturep. 1
Bringing back the wildp. 1
From guns to parksp. 4
The problem of naturalnessp. 6
Community and conservationp. 9
Hybrid naturep. 10
The challenge of conservationp. 11
Outline of the bookp. 12
Good Huntingp. 19
Empty plainsp. 19
Imperial conservationp. 22
Extinctionp. 25
Pressure for preservationp. 27
Proper huntingp. 30
Shooting as an argument for conservationp. 37
On safarip. 39
The Global Conservation Regimep. 43
The need for international actionp. 43
Empire preservationp. 46
Beyond empirep. 47
Global nature conservationp. 49
Decolonization and conservationp. 51
The new professionalsp. 54
Broadcast naturep. 58
Nature lovers: the growth of popular environmentalismp. 60
Partners for conservationp. 62
Nature in Its Placep. 67
Reserves for wildlifep. 67
Dividing the landp. 73
The idea of national parksp. 76
The national park spiritp. 82
Nature and parks in the United Kingdomp. 84
Parks for the coloniesp. 88
Decolonization and national parksp. 93
The conservation estatep. 97
Poachers to Partnersp. 101
Saving the wildp. 101
Wilderness and cultural imaginationp. 102
Managing wild naturep. 107
The poacher at homep. 108
Nature's fortressp. 111
Living with parksp. 115
Parks for peoplep. 117
Two by Twop. 125
Some are more equal than othersp. 125
Red for dangerp. 129
Operation save the speciesp. 132
The wild captivep. 137
Saving the unicornsp. 140
Releasing the captivep. 144
Species in situp. 147
Species and identityp. 150
The Demands of Developmentp. 153
Spaceship Earthp. 153
Human spacep. 155
Development, colonization and conservationp. 157
Wildlife and developmentp. 160
Game, disease and developmentp. 162
Nature's conservationistp. 166
Sustainable developmentp. 169
The impacts of developmentp. 171
Damned by developmentp. 173
Reconciling conservation and developmentp. 176
Trading Naturep. 181
A zoo in their luggagep. 181
The problem of ivoryp. 184
Outconsuming naturep. 186
Without bordersp. 189
The devil and the deep blue seap. 190
The fur fliesp. 194
Use it or lose itp. 200
Conservation's Planp. 203
Conservation's corporate planp. 203
Back to barriersp. 207
The costs and benefits of conservationp. 209
The wildlife resourcep. 214
Wildlife as a cropp. 217
Community-based safari huntingp. 220
Profiting with naturep. 223
Society with Naturep. 227
Nature's degradationp. 227
Nature's renewalp. 231
Nature's imagep. 232
Nature's neighboursp. 235
Society with naturep. 239
Notesp. 241
Indexp. 303
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ISBN: 9781844070565
ISBN-10: 1844070565
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 311
Published: 1st January 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1