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Nature in Focus : Rapid Ecological Assessment - Thomas Lovejoy

Nature in Focus

Rapid Ecological Assessment

Paperback Published: 1st December 1999
ISBN: 9781559637541
Number Of Pages: 202

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Rapid Ecological Assessment (REA) is a methodology developed by The Nature Conservancy to provide comprehensive and reliable information about biodiversity resources in situations where time and financial resources are limited. REAs utilize a combination of remote-sensed imagery, reconnaissance overflights, field data collection, and spatial information visualization to generate useful information for conservation planning. Nature in Focus is an in-depth guide to the theory and practice of REAs, offering a detailed approach for assessing biodiversity in a rapid and integrative manner. It provides researchers with the essential tools and techniques they need to conduct an REA, and offers valuable advice about the planning and implementation aspects. The book: presents an overview of the REA methodology and sampling framework reviews all aspects of an REA: planning and management, mapping and spatial information, information management describes surveys of vegetation and fauna presents a generalized description of threat assessments explores the manner in which large amounts of data produced by different REA teams are integrated and synthesized into a cohesive set of management recommendations explains how the REA effort is documented, published, and disseminated offers a detailed REA case studyAlso included is a set of twelve color maps that describe the sequence of mapping activities in the case-study REA, along with other map examples from a range of REAs. In addition to the case study, appendixes offer a full set of REA field forms for sampling, and a model "Scope of Work" that describes the nature of work to be conducted in an REA and outlines the roles and responsibilities of the participating organizations. Nature in Focus presents the collective experience of more than ten years of REA field-testing. Conservation practitioners and biodiversity scientists who are involved with REA initiatives, along with managers, policymakers, and others involved with conservation programs will find the book a useful and nontechnical guide to an essential element of successful conservation.

List of Tables, Figures, Boxes, and Color Maps
Overview: Rapid Ecological Assessment After Ten Yearsp. 1
The REA Process and Planningp. 19
The REA Process and Sampling Frameworkp. 21
Careful Planning: A Key to Successp. 33
In the Lab: Mapping Tools and Approachesp. 45
Mapping Technologies: New Tools for Conservationp. 47
The REA Mapping Processp. 63
In the Field: Surveys and Threats Assessmentsp. 77
Vegetation and Plant Species Surveysp. 79
Fauna Surveysp. 93
Assessing Threatsp. 119
Information Management, Integration, and Reportingp. 125
Information Management and Integrationp. 127
Writing and Publishing the REA Reportp. 135
The Future of REAp. 143
The Future of REAp. 145
An REA Case Study: Parque Nacional del Este (National Park of the East), Dominican Republic, 1994p. 149
Field Formsp. 155
Example Scope of Work for an REAp. 171
About the Authorsp. 177
Indexp. 179
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ISBN: 9781559637541
ISBN-10: 1559637544
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 202
Published: 1st December 1999
Publisher: ISLAND PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 21.6  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.54