Taking Stock of Nature: Participatory Biodiversity Assessment for Policy, Planning and Practice (Google eBook)

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Anna Lawrence
Cambridge University Press, Feb 18, 2010 - Nature - 290 pages
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In a world of increasing demands for biodiversity information, participatory biodiversity assessment and monitoring is becoming more significant. Whilst other books have focused on methods, or links to conservation or development, this book is written particularly for policy makers and planners. Introductory chapters analyze the challenges of the approach, the global legislation context, and the significance of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Specially commissioned case studies provide evidence from 17 countries, by 50 authors with expertise in both biological and social sciences. Ranging from community conservation projects in developing countries to amateur birdwatching in the UK, they describe the context, objectives, stakeholders and processes, and reflect on the success of outcomes. Rather than advocating any particular approach, the book takes a constructively critical look at the motives, experiences and outcomes of such approaches, with cross-cutting lessons to inform planning and interpretation of future participatory projects and their contribution to policy objectives.

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learning from experiences of participatory biodiversity assessment
2 Monitoring and assessment of biodiversity under the Convention on Biological Diversity and other international agreements
a multiscale assessment for global stakeholders
the importance of taxonomic capacity for participatory assessments
an emerging discipline of locally based monitoring
lessons from ten case studies
lessons after five years
8 Forest inventory in Nepal technical power or social empowerment?
implications for biodiversity and participatory management
lessons from India on decentralized participatory planning
a comparison of bird monitoring groups in Slovenia and the United Kingdom
towards a national biodiversity database for the UK
a comparative case study of four communitybased forestry organizations in the Western United States

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Anna Lawrence has been working for nearly 20 years in participatory conservation and social forestry research. Following degrees from Cambridge and Oxford Universities, her early career in South America and Asia inspired a focus on interaction between local and scientific knowledge, and linking research to policy and practice. At the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, she established and led the Human Ecology research group for seven years. After working in more than 20 countries she has recently moved to focus on issues closer to home, as Head of Social and Economic Research in the British government's Forestry Commission.

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