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Foundations of Environmental SustainabilityThe Coevolution of Science and Policy$
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Larry Rockwood, Ronald Stewart, and Thomas Dietz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309454

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309454.001.0001

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Observations on Trends and Issues in Global Conservation

Observations on Trends and Issues in Global Conservation

(p.118) 8 Observations on Trends and Issues in Global Conservation
Foundations of Environmental Sustainability

James G. Teer

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses seven trends and issues in global conservation: (1) the emergence of ecology as a science, (2) the proliferation and influence of nongovernmental organizations, (3) sustainable use, (4) the transfer of ownership of wildlife to the private sector, (5) game farming and ranching, (6) development of ecotourism and nonconsumptive uses of wildlife, and (7) the strategy of saving what is useful to human society. It argues that although we face many challenges in global conservation, not all the news about its current state of global conservation is bad. Some wildlife populations have recovered to nuisance levels (e.g., white-tailed deer, elk, turkeys). Because of advances in ecology and related disciplines, conservation has become based more on science and less on opinion.

Keywords:   ecology, environmental protection, nongovernmental organizations, sustainable use, ecotourism, wildlife

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