Last Stand: Protected Areas
and the Defense of Tropical Biodiversity
Edited by Randall Kramer, Carel Van Schaik,
and Julie Johnson, all at Duke University
During the past century, tropical rain
forests have been reduced to about half of their original area, with a consequent
loss of biodiversity. This book takes a close look at how this has happened
and what the consequences may be, with an emphasis on those strategies that
have proven successful in stemming the loss of plant and animal inhabitants.
It describes the use of protected areas
such as sacred groves, royal preserves, and today's national parks, which have
long served to shield the delicate forest habitats for countless species. Although
programs for protecting habitats are under increasing attack, this book argues
that a system of protected areas must in fact be the cornerstone of all conservation
strategies aimed at limiting the inevitable reduction of our planet's biodiversity.
Written by leading experts with years
of experience, the book integrates ecological, economic and political perspectives
on how best to manage tropical forests and their inhabitants, throughout the
world. In addition to conservationists, policy makers, and ecologists, the book
will serve as a useful text in courses on tropical conservation.