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Environmental History

Reconciling Human Needs and Conserving Biodiversity: Large Landscapes as a New Conservation Paradigm

The Lake Tumba, Democratic Republic of Congo

Authors: Inogwabini, Bila-Isia

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  • Links biodiversity conservation theoretical concepts and the field practices of these conceptual frameworks
  • Covers a wide spectrum of subjects, ranging from biology of conservation to conservation philosophy
  • Innovates by incorporating the biodiversity conservation in the mainstream global political economy of the country
  • Aims at being a clearly articulated and simplified narrative form that conveys complex concepts and issues in an easily readable format for diversified audiences, including decision and policy makers as well as academics
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Protected areas have often been defined as the backbones of biodiversity conservation. Protected areas have often been defined as the backbones of biodiversity conservation. However, legitimate demands formulated by countries for their economic development, growing human populations, forest fragmentations, and needs of local communities for sustainable livelihoods are also pressing demands on protected areas, stringently pressuring conservation community to identify means to reconcile long term biodiversity conservation and communities’ livelihoods. Hence, integrating conservation activities within the global framework of economic development of countries with high biodiversity had become part of conservation paradigms. Integrated development as a route to conservation, strict protected areas, community managed areas, etc. have been tried but resulted in debatable outcomes in many ways. The lukewarm nature of these results brought ‘landscape approach’ at the front of biodiversity conservation in Central Africa. Since the late 1990s the landscape approach uses large areas with different functional attributes and shifts foundational biodiversity conservation paradigms. Changes are brought to the role traditionally attributed to local communities, aligning sustainable development with conservation and stretching conservation beyond the confines of traditional protected areas. These three shifts need a holistic approach to respond to different conservation questions. There are only a few instances where the landscape experience has been scientifically documented and lessons learnt drawn into a corpus of knowledge to guide future conservation initiatives across Central Africa. To subjugate one biodiversity conservation landscape as one case study emerged as a matter of urgency to present the potential knowledge acquired throughout the landscape experiment, including leadership and management, processes tried, results (at least partially) achieved, and why such and such other process or management arrangement were been chosen among many other alternatives, etc. The challenges of the implementation of the conservation landscape approach needed also to be documented. This book responds to the majority of these questions; drawing its content from the firsthand field knowledge, it discusses these shifts and documents what has been tried, how successful (unsuccessful) it was, and what lessons learnt from these trials. Theoretical questions such as threat index, and ecological services, etc. are also discussed and gaps in knowledge are identified.

Table of contents (25 chapters)

Table of contents (25 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reconciling Human Needs and Conserving Biodiversity: Large Landscapes as a New Conservation Paradigm
Book Subtitle
The Lake Tumba, Democratic Republic of Congo
Authors
Series Title
Environmental History
Series Volume
12
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-38728-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-38728-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-38727-3
Series ISSN
2211-9019
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 382
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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