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Biodiversity Conservation in Costa Rica: Learning the Lessons in a Seasonal Dry Forest (2004)(en)(

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Biodiversity Conservation in Costa Rica: Learning the Lessons in a Seasonal Dry Forest (2004)(en)(
Alfonso Mata, Gordon W.Biodiversity Conservation in Costa ... Textbook Frankie, S. Bradleigh Vinson
Type: eBook
Released: 2004
Publisher: University of California Press
Page Count: 353
Format: pdf
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0520223098
ISBN-13: 9780520223097
The beautiful tropical dry forest of northwest Costa Rica, with its highly seasonal rainfall and diversely vegetated landscape, is disappearing even more rapidly than Costa Rica's better-known rain forest, primarily because it has been easier to convert to agriculture. This book, based on more than thirty years of study, offers the first comprehensive look at the ecology, biodiversity, and conservation status of this endangered and fragile region. The contributors, from Costa Rica, Britain, Mexico, and the United States, and representing the fields of ecology, environmental education, policy, and the law, examine the major plant and animal groups living in the dry forest and present the first technical evaluation of Costa Rica's conservation efforts. As they assess the status of their area of specialty in the dry forest, the contributors also look beyond this particular region to show how its plants and animals are ecologically and evolutionarily connected to other geographic areas in Costa Rica and Central America. Their chapters cover topics such as watershed and coastal management, plant phenology, pollination, insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. They also consider the socioeconomic, policy, legal, and political aspects of biodiversity conservation, giving the volume a wide-ranging perspective and making a unique contribution to our knowledge of the tropical dry forest. The book concludes with an important synthesis of the contributors' recommendations on future directions, policies, and actions that will better conserve biodiversity in Costa Rica and other neotropical forests as well. Illustrations: 5 b/w photographs, 9 line illustrations, 7 maps, 25 tables From the Inside Flap "The lessons and recommendations throughout the book, and especially those in the last chapter, are forceful and risk-taking. It will be read and discussed at the highest levels."--Gail Hewson-Hull, Project Manager of Science Now, California Academy of Sciences"This book is an excellent synthesis of the ecological basis of biodiversity conservation in the seasonally dry forest ecosystems of northwest Costa Rica, as well as a valuable analysis of the effectiveness of conservation efforts in a country renowned for its global leadership in protecting and inventorying biological diversity."--Gary S. Hartshorn, President and CEO, Organization for Tropical Studies "Biodiversity Conservation in Costa Rica captures the mystique and realities of land and wildlife conservation in one of the world's most fascinating and threatened systems. The authors blend the scientific, social, political, and legal into a commanding, optimistic treatment of the ongoing evolution of the human-nature experience."--Justin O. Schmidt, Southwestern Biological Institute

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