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Conservation Biology : Conserving Bird Biodiversity: General Principles and their Application Series Number 7 - Ken Norris

Conservation Biology

Conserving Bird Biodiversity: General Principles and their Application Series Number 7

By: Ken Norris (Editor), Deborah J. Pain (Editor), Guy Cowlishaw (Editor), Rosie Woodroffe (Editor), John L. Gittleman (Editor)


Published: 29th July 2002
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The earth's biodiversity currently faces an extinction crisis that is unprecedented. Conservationists attempt to intervene in the extinction process either locally by protecting or restoring important species and habitats, or at national and international levels by influencing key policies and promoting debate. Reliable information is the foundation upon which these efforts are based, which places research at the heart of biodiversity conservation. The role of research in such conservation is diverse. It includes understanding why biodiversity is important, defining 'units' of biodiversity, priority-setting for species and sites, managing endangered and declining populations, understanding large-scale processes, making predictions about the future and interfacing with training, education, public awareness and policy initiatives. Using examples from a wide range of bird conservation work worldwide, researchers consider the principles underlying these issues, and illustrate how these principles have been applied to address actual conservation problems for students, practitioners and researchers in conservation biology.

' ... an excellent review of general principles and their widespread application in conserving bird biodiversity. As a result it should be of interest to many ornithologists and to conservationists beyond ornithology.' Ibis '... a useful reference source, containing good review chapters.' TRENDS in Ecology and Evolution 'Nineteen authors contribute to 12 thought-provoking chapters. Subject coverage is wide but highly relevant to 21st century ornithology ... Each chapter is self contained and highly informative with numerous scientific references. The editors should be congratulated on the rarity of typographical errors and the consistency of structure across chapters. Each chapter terminates with a succinct conclusion and no chapter is overburdened with excessive detail ... I unreservedly recommend this book to university students, researchers in conservation biology, conservation practitioners and amateur ornithologists. It offers something for everyone.' Biological Conservation

List of contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Biodiversity--evolution, species, genesp. 1
Why conserve bird diversity?p. 20
Mapping and monitoring bird populations: their conservation usesp. 34
Priority-setting in species conservationp. 61
Selecting sites for conservationp. 74
Critically endangered bird populations and their managementp. 105
Diagnosing causes of population declines and selecting remedial actionsp. 139
Outside the reserve: pandemic threats to bird biodiversityp. 157
Predicting the impact of environmental changep. 180
Fragmentation, habitat loss and landscape managementp. 202
The interface between research, education and trainingp. 224
Conservation policies and programmes affecting birdsp. 246
Referencesp. 271
Indexp. 322
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ISBN: 9780521783408
ISBN-10: 0521783402
Series: Conservation Biology (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 29th July 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.69