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1st Edition

Conservation and Development

ISBN 9780415687812
Published December 1, 2015 by Routledge
438 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Conservation and development share an intertwined history dating back to at least the 1700s. But what are the prospects for reconciling the two, and how far have we come with this project? This book explores these questions through a detailed consideration of the past, present and future of the relationship between conservation and development. Bringing to bear conceptual resources from political ecology, social-ecological systems thinking and science and technology studies, Conservation and Development sets this relationship against the background of the political and economic processes implicated in environmental degradation and poverty alike. Whilst recognising that the need for reconciling conservation and development processes remains as compelling as ever, it demonstrates why trade-offs are more frequently encountered in practice than synergies. It also flags alternative visions for conservation and development obscured or ignored by current framings and priorities.

Bringing together policy and theory, Conservation and Development is an essential resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students and a useful reference for researchers in related fields. Each chapter contains a reading guide with discussion questions. The text is enlivened by a number of new case studies from around the world. A must-read for anyone interested in understanding the history, current state, and projections for future shifts in the relationship between conservation and development.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Histories of conservation and development

1. Conservation and development in historical perspective

2.  Sustainable Development in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Part 2: Conservation and development in the broader global context

3.  Conservation, development and the relationship between nature and society

4.  Conservation and development in an era of global change

5.  Conservation and development in the context of globalisation and neoliberalism

6.  Global environmental governance

7.  Population, consumption, conflict and environment

8.  Management of natural resources in a globalised world

Part 3: Conservation and development in practice

9.  Protected areas, conservation and development

10. Integrated conservation and development through community conservation

11.  Ecotourism, conservation and development

12.  Conservation and development in the context of religious, spiritual and cultural values

13.  Payments for ecosystem services in the context of material and cultural values

Conclusion: Conservation and development futures

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Andrew Newsham is Lecturer in International Development at the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy, SOAS (University of London). He brings practical and theoretical insights from political ecology and the sociology of scientific knowledge to a research agenda which encompasses environment and development in Southern Africa and South America. His research can be broadly characterised by its focus on a) the relationship between conservation and development and b) climate change adaptation and development.

Shonil Bhagwat is an academic at the Open University, UK. He has training in ecology and forestry from the University of Oxford. His current research engages key environmental concerns: biodiversity conservation, agriculture and food security, and environmental change. He addresses these concerns through a blend of theoretical and methodological influences drawn from the social and natural sciences.