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Win-Win Ecology: How the Earth's Species Can Survive in the Midst of Human Enterprise (Hardback or Cased Book). Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA. Format: Book.
As humanity presses down inexorably on the natural world, people debate the extent to which we can save the Earth's millions of different species without sacrificing human economic welfare. But is this argument wise? Must the human and natural worlds be adversaries? In this book, ecologist Michael Rosenzweig finds that ecological science actually rejects such polarization. Instead it suggests that, to be successful, conservation must discover how we can blend a rich natural world into the world of economic activity. This revolutionary, common groundbetween development and conservation is called reconciliation ecology: creating and maintaining species-friendly habitats in the very places where people live, work, or play. The book offers many inspiring examples of the good results already achieved. The Nature Conservancy, for instance, has a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense, with more than 200 conservation projects taking place on more than 170 bases in 41 states. In places such as Elgin AirForce Base, the human uses-testing munitions, profitable timbering and recreation--continue, but populations of several threatened species on the base, such as the long-leaf pine and the red-cockaded woodpecker, have been greatly improved. The Safe Harbor strategy of the Fish and Wildlife Serviceencourages private landowners to improve their property for endangered species, thus overcoming the unintended negative aspects of the Endangered Species Act. And Golden Gate Park, which began as a system of sand dunes, has become, through human effort, a world of ponds and shrubs, waterfowl andtrees. Rosenzweig shows that reconciliation ecology is the missing tool of conservation, the practical, scientifically based approach that, when added to the rest, will solve the problem of preserving Earth's species.
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"...I can warmly recommend this book. It is peppered with personalreminiscences and touches of humor, and it is a pleasure to read. Indeed, Ithink this book is a "must read" for conservation biologists, natural resourcemanagers, and concerned citizens." -- Ecology
"A wonderful contribution to a new wave of ecological thinking, a focus on how to preserve biodiversity in habitats already hosting high levels of human activity. Working to make such habitats more hospitable for other organisms is a critical accompaniment to ongoing efforts to protect them inreserves. Everyone should be aware of this hopeful trend." --Paul R. Ehrlich, President, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University
"In thoughtful and elegant prose, peppered with humor and bits of philosophy, Rosenzweig presents...a hopeful, fresh vision.... The book is a wonderful source of motivation and inspiration, entertaining and thought-provoking for lay and professional audiences alike. Even the most skepticalreaders will likely be convinced of the need to rethink conservation strategy.... So far marriages of human enterprise and conservation are small, localized efforts, often subsidized by external resources. Urgently needed are a scaling up of these experiments and a critical analysis of what worksand what does not. With Win-Win Ecology, Rosenzweig provides the inspiration. What we now need is the hard work of implementing his vision, without surrendering too much in the process."--Science
"Rosenzweig has done it all--elegant experiments and continent-widesummaries of ecological patterns. He combines those essential experiences withpassionate and thoughtful writing to make a compelling case that we can and mustlive with Nature, not fence her off in reservations." --Stuart Pimm, Doris DukeChair of Conservation Ecology, Duke University, and author of The WorldAccording to Pimm: A Scientist Audits the Earth
"Rosenzweig is marvelous! With vast erudition he has brought to life a novel sub-field of ecology. Win-Win Ecology focuses on saving species just as all hope seems gone! He demonstrates, with many fascinating examples, how humans can at least sometimes construct new ecological niches toreplace those that human activity has destroyed. It doesn't always work but it works often enough to supply some hope for the world's future biodiversity. It is not a rosy pipe dream future but a realistic lantern of hope presented in lovely prose. It is necessary reading." --Lawrence Slobodkin,Founding Chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolution, SUNY-Stony Brook, and author of A Citizen's Guide to Ecology
... a thoughtful discussion of how we can increase species diversity but using our settlements more effectively ... the easy writing style makes ideas accessible to a wide audience.
This book is a stimulating 'wake-up' call to all of us. Read it but don't just weep, join in the crusade!
This book seeks common ground between responsible forces for development, and conservationists, and gives a number of inspiring and empowering examples of what good ends can and have been achieved.