Globalization and New Geographies of Conservation

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Karl S. Zimmerer
University of Chicago Press, Sep 15, 2006 - Science - 357 pages
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Examining the geographical dimensions of environmental management and conservation activities implemented on landscapes worldwide, Globalization and New Geographies of Conservation creates a new framework and collects original case studies to explore recent developments in the interaction of humans and their environment.

Globalization and New Geographies of Conservation makes four important arguments about the recent coupling of conservation and globalization that is reshaping the place of nature in human-environmental change. First, it has led to an unprecedented number of spatial arrangements whose environmental management goals and prescribed activities vary along a spectrum from strict biodiversity protection to sustainable utilization involving agriculture, food production, and extractive activities. Conservation and globalization are also leading, by necessity, to new scales of management in these activities that rely on environmental science, thus shifting the spatial patterning of humans and the environment. This interaction results, as well, in the unprecedented importance of boundaries and borders; transnational border issues pose both opportunities and threats to global conservation proposed by organizations and institutions that are themselves international. Lastly, Globalization and New Geographies of Conservation argues that the local level has been integral to globalization, while the regional level is often eclipsed at the peril of the successful implementation of conservation and management programs.

Bridging the gap between geography and life science, Globalization and New Geographies of Conservation will appeal to a broad range of students of the environment, conservation planning; biodiversity management, and development and globalization studies.

 

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Contents

Spatialities in Global Conservation and Sustainability Projects
45
Satellite Remote Sensing for Management and Monitoring
71
The Case
92
Linking Scales in Livelihood Analysis and Global
117
Multilevel Geographies of Seed Networks and Seed Use
141
The Politics of Conservation
166
Transnational and Border Issues in Global Conservation
187
A Transnational Perspective on National Protected Areas
212
Historical
229
Decentralization and Environmental Governance
255
Decentralization Land Policy and the Politics of Scale
277
Sandy Land
296
Rethinking the Compatibility Consequences
315
list of contributors
347
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Karl S. Zimmerer is professor and chair in the Department of Geography and a member of the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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