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Leaving Space for Nature

The Critical Role of Area-Based Conservation, 1st Edition

By Nigel Dudley, Sue Stolton


216 pages

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This book provides the first contemporary assessment of area-based conservation and its implications for nature and society.

Now covering 15% of the land surface and a growing area of ocean, the creation of protected areas is one of the fastest conscious changes in land management in history. But this has come at a cost, including a backlash from human rights organisations about the social impacts of protected areas. At the same time, a range of new types of area-based conservation have emerged, based on indigenous people’s territories, local community lands and a new designation of "other effective area-based conservation measures". This book provides a concise overview of the status and possible futures of area-based conservation. With many people calling for half the earth’s land surface to remain in a natural condition, this book taps into the urgent debate about the feasibility of such an aim and the ways in which such land might be managed. It provides a timely contribution by people who have been at the centre of the debate for the last twenty years. Building on the authors’ large personal knowledge, the book draws on global case studies where the authors have first-hand experience, including Yosemite National Park (USA), Blue Mountains National Park (Australia), Bwindi National Park (Uganda), Chingaza National Park (Colombia), Ustyart Plateau (Kazakhstan), Snowdonia National Park (Wales) and many more.

This book is essential reading for students, academics and practitioners interested in conservation and its impact on society.

Table of Contents

PART 1. SETTING THE SCENE 1. A vision for area-based conservation 2. What are we aiming for? 3. A brief history of the modern protected area movement PART 2. WHAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED SO FAR 4. Agreeing what we mean by area-based conservation 5. Deciding where protected areas should be located 6. Setting targets for conservation 7. How much area is already set aside for conservation? PART 3. WHY THIS IS NOT ENOUGH 8. The needs for area-based conservation – countering threats 9. The needs for area-based conservation – maximising ecosystem services 10. Effectiveness of the existing estate 11. The Costs PART 4. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? 12. Leaving Space for Nature: What next?

About the Authors

Nigel Dudley is a consultant ecologist who has worked with international organisations, including WWF International, IUCN and UNESCO. He is co-founder of Equilibrium Research and an Industry Fellow in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia. Nigel is the author/editor of numerous titles, including Arguments for Protected Areas (Routledge, 2010) and Authenticity in Nature (Routledge, 2011).

Sue Stolton set up Equilibrium Research with Nigel Dudley thirty years ago. She works mainly on issues relating to protected areas, including management of protected areas and the wider values and benefits that protected areas offer. Sue is vice chair of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) specialist group on privately protected areas and nature stewardship.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Conservation and the Environment

This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to conservation and the environment, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. Topics include, but are not limited to, development, environmental policy and politics, ecosystem change, natural resources (including land, water, oceans and forests), security, wildlife, protected areas, tourism, human-wildlife conflict, agriculture, economics, law and climate change.

This series publishes titles for all audiences, including students, scholars and professional/policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / General
NATURE / Ecology
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
NATURE / Animals / Wildlife
NATURE / Natural Resources
NATURE / Endangered Species
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Ecology
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change