Originally published in 1992 Economics for the Wilds argues that an economics that properly values the resources of the wilds offers the best long-term security for their future. Most of the world’s wilds have, in fact, always been utilized by local societies who have managed their resources sustainably, and one important guarantee for their preservation is therefore the continued participation of those communities and an adequate reward to them for their management. The book looks at the complexity and global nature of the issues, at the application of economics to the wilds and at the policies for their conservation and sustainable management which then result. It also examines specific forms of utilization of wild species and habitats, both sustainable and unsustainable, and including community-based development, tourism, the use of rainforest products, poaching and the impact of conservation on wildlife use. The book concludes that a comprehensive utilization strategy for wild resources is needed to ensure their continued existence and the continued flow of benefits from them.
Notes on the Contributors
1. Wildlife and Wildlands: Diversity and Development, Timothy M. Swanson
2. Economics for the Wilds, Edward B. Barbier
3. Appropriating the Value of Wildlife and Wildlands, Bruce Aylward
4. The Role of Wildlife Utilization and Other Policies for Diversity Conservation, Timothy M. Swanson
5. Community-based Development in Africa, Edward B. Barbier
6. Wildlife Tourism, J. Barnes, J. Burgess and D. Pearce
7. Sustainability Rainforest Utilization, Edward B. Barbier
8. Wildlife and Wildland Utilization and Conversation, Richard Luxmoore and Timothy M. Swanson
9. Illegal Exploitation and Wildlife, E.J. Milner-Gulland and Nigel Leader-Williams
10. The End of Wildlands and Wildlife?. Timothy M. Swanson and Edward B. Barbier
The volumes in this set, originally published between 1974 and 2002, draw together research by leading academics in the area of ecology and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The collection examines ecology from a broad range of disciplines, from examining the economic impact of wildlife trade on ecosystems, to studies of the biodiversity of ecosystems across mountains, forests, wetlands and the arctic. The collection includes volumes across the disciplines of biology, botany, geography and sociology. The 17 books that comprise this collection include rigorous examinations into plant ecosystems, philosophy surrounding ecological scarcity, tropical environments and the relationship between ecology and society. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse subject of ecology and the environment and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of biology and ecology, but of philosophy, sociology and economics.