Applying Nature's Design: Corridors as a Strategy for Biodiversity Conservation

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Columbia University Press, Jun 19, 2012 - Nature - 256 pages
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The fragmenting of habitats is endangering animal populations and degrading or destroying many plant populations throughout the world. To address this problem, conservationists have increasingly turned to biological corridors, areas of land set aside to facilitate the movement of species and ecological processes. However, while hundreds of corridor initiatives are under way worldwide, there is little practical information to guide their design, location, and management. "Applying Nature's Design" offers a comprehensive overview of current knowledge on corridors, their design, and their implementation. Anthony B. Anderson and Clinton N. Jenkins examine a variety of conceptual and practical issues associated with corridors and provide detailed case studies from around the world. Their work considers how to manage and govern corridors, how to build support among various interest groups for corridors, and the obstacles to implementation. In addition to assessing various environmental and ecological challenges, the authors are the first to consider the importance of socioeconomic and political issues in creating and maintaining corridors.

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1 Introduction
2 Conceptual Foundations of Corridors
3 Corridor Design
4 Corridor Implementation
5 Case Studies

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Anthony B. Anderson is an independent conservation consultant. He is the editor of Alternatives to Deforestation (Columbia) and the coauthor (with Peter May and Michael Balick) of The Subsidy from Nature: Palm Forests, Peasantry, and Development of the Amazon Frontier (Columbia).

Clinton N. Jenkins is a conservation ecologist at the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University.

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