Defending the Land of the Jaguar: A History of Conservation in Mexico

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University of Texas Press, 1995 - Business & Economics - 326 pages
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Mexican conservationists have sometimes observed that it is difficult to find a country less interested in the conservation of its natural resources than is Mexico. Yet, despite a long history dedicated to the pursuit of development regardless of its environmental consequences, Mexico has an equally long, though much less developed and appreciated, tradition of environmental conservation.

Lane Simonian here offers the first panoramic history of conservation in Mexico from pre-contact times to the current Mexican environmental movement. He explores the origins of conservation and environmental concerns in Mexico, the philosophies and endeavors of Mexican conservationists, and the enactment of important conservation laws and programs. This heretofore untold story, drawn from interviews with leading Mexican conservationists as well as archival research, will be important reading throughout the international community of activists, researchers, and concerned citizens interested in the intertwined issues of conservation and development.

  

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Contents

The Magical and the Instrumental Nature in the PreHispanic World
9
The Spanish Resolve Conserving Resources for the Crown
28
Conservation during Unfavorable Times Independent Mexico until the Revolution
45
Miguel Angel de Quervedo The Apostle of the Tree
67
Conservation for the Commonweal The Cardenas Years
85
The Waning of Conservation 19401970
111
Against the Tide The Conservationists Crusade
132
For Humankind and Nature The Pursuit of Sustainable Development
158
The Green Revolution The Mexican Environmental Movement
203
Conclusion
219
The Political History of Mexico from Independence to Revolution
223
Mexican Presidents 19111994
224
Chronology of Conservation in Mexico
225
Notes
233
Bibliography
277
Index
315

Reconsidering Mexican Environmental Policy
178

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