Assessing the Conservation Value of Freshwaters – Hardback

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Assessing the Conservation Value of Freshwaters – Hardback Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Cambridge University Press Pages: 304 Illustrations and other contents: 36 Tables, unspecified; 8 Halftones, unspecified ISBN: 9780521848855 Category:

Freshwater is a valuable resource for human populations, and has many uses such as water for drinking, hydroelectric power and recreation. This creates conflict between conservation and exploitation. This book explores various aspects of conservation evaluation, including the selection of important areas for protection, responding to threats from catchment development, and determining the restoration potential of degraded water bodies. Aimed at academic researchers, graduate students and professionals, chapters are written by pairs of UK and US authors, who compare methods used for evaluating rivers and lakes for conservation in these countries who share a long history of freshwater science, but approach nature conservation very differently. Sweden, Australia and South Africa are also examined, and there is a chapter on developing countries, allowing examination of the role of social and economic conditions in conservation ethics.

• Describes methods for freshwater conservation evaluation, enabling the reader to apply these techniques to their own work • Provides a unique comparison of approaches to nature conservation in the UK and US. • Includes results of a survey describing which freshwater features are considered of greatest value, displaying difference in perception in the UK and US.

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'I recommend it, especially as an example of science meeting policy and action, and for bridging the Atlantic.' Bulletin of the British Ecological Society '... the standard of writing is good ... anyone wishing to have a sound introduction to the evaluation of rivers and lakes for conservation purposes will find this volume a very good source of authoritative information.' The Geographical Journal "I shall use the book in my own teaching on the conservation of freshwaters...I recommend it, especially as an example of science meeting policy and action, and for bridging the Atlantic" Mark Young, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

Author Biography

Philip J. Boon is a Policy and Advice Director at the Scottish Natural Heritage. He is founder and Chief Editor of the journal Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. Catherine M. Pringle is a Research Professor in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. She serves as Chair of the Conservation Ecology Graduate Program at UGA and has been a recipient of their Creative Research Medal.