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Infrastructure development in Africa and Asia is expanding at breakneck speed, largely in biodiversity-rich developing nations. The trend reflects governments' efforts to promote economic growth in response to increasing populations, rising consumption rates and persistent inequalities. Large-scale infrastructure development is regularly touted as a way to meet the growing demand for energy, transport and food - and as a key to poverty alleviation. In practice, however, road networks, hydropower dams and 'development corridors' tend to have adverse effects on local populations, natural habitats and biodiversity. Such projects typically weaken the capacity of ecosystems to maintain ecological functions on which wildlife and human communities depend, particularly in the face of climate change. This title is also available as Open Access via Cambridge Core.Read more
- Presents an objective rigorous analysis of relevant issues, which will include promoting best practice, without being prescriptive
- Provides as well rounded a picture as possible of the current situation; contributions from a wide range of practitioners, academics, experts and environmental/campaign organisations are included and case studies are used to provide specific examples
- Beautifully illustrated in full colour throughout with the very latest data presented
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'This gives valuable insights that stretch well beyond ape conservation … illustrated by beautiful photos and a range of case studies, this book makes an interesting, if depressing, read.' Rebecca Nesbit, The Biologist
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- Date Published: January 2019
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781108423212
- length: 384 pages
- copublisher: Arcus Foundation
- dimensions: 253 x 193 x 22 mm
- weight: 1.01kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Notes to readers
Part I. Infrastructure Development and Ape Conservation: Introduction
1. Towards more sustainable infrastructure: challenges and opportunities in ape range states of Africa and Asia
2. Impacts of infrastructure on apes, indigenous peoples and other local communities
3. Deforestation along roads: monitoring threats to ape habitat
4. Apes, protected areas and infrastructure in Africa
5. Roads, apes and biodiversity conservation: case studies from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Nigeria
6. Renewable energy and the conservation of apes and ape habitat
Part II. The Status and Welfare of Great Apes and Gibbons: Introduction
7. Mapping change in ape habitats: forest status, loss, protection and future risk
8. The status of captive apes
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