What are the challenges involved in protecting biodiversity in tropical terrestrial and coastal ecosystems? What practical lessons can be learned from conservation projects? And what are the procedures and attitudes of governments, NGOs, donor agencies, development banks and consulting firms? These key questions are all answered, drawing on the author's extensive experience of conservation projects in Malaysia, Nigeria, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Costa Rica. Project descriptions illustrate two important themes in conservation: increasing the awareness of the economic value of biodiversity among decision makers and enabling and encouraging local people to participate in designing and implementing projects. The book sets out guidelines to help others design projects that are practical and effective, yet more complete and more robust than some of those designed in the recent past.
• Provides unique first-hand descriptions of conservation problems and their solutions in tropical Asia, Africa and Latin America • Provides detailed advice on how to analyse conservation problems and how to design locally appropriate solutions to them • Brings together a new synthesis of conservation, from biology to politics, economics, management and education
Foreword Daniel H. Janzen; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Baram River, Sarawak; 3. Cross River, Nigeria; 4. Siberut and Flores Islands, Indonesia; 5. Forest fragments in China and the Philippines; 6. Costa Rican linkage projects; 7. Irian Jaya, Indonesian New Guinea; 8. Project themes and practicalities; 9. Options for conservation; 10. Options for development; 11. Options for changing people's minds; 12. Summary and conclusions; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.
Review of the hardback: 'Anyone studying conservation (especially for tropical areas) should read this book and learn its lessons … there is a great deal of material that teachers could use to show how conservation works on the ground (it would also work as an excellent base for role play as well!).' TEG News