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Conserving Biodiversity In Arid Regions: Best Practices In Developing Nations John Lemons

Conserving Biodiversity In Arid Regions: Best Practices In Developing Nations

John Lemons

Published July 31st 2003
ISBN : 9781402074837
Hardcover
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The protection of biodiversity and sustainable use of resources in arid and semiarid regions is important because: more than one-third of the earths land area is drylands- up to one billion people (mostly poor) depend on drylands for their survival-MoreThe protection of biodiversity and sustainable use of resources in arid and semiarid regions is important because: more than one-third of the earths land area is drylands- up to one billion people (mostly poor) depend on drylands for their survival- the biological resources of drylands are both unique and vulnerable- and loss of dryland species increases the threats to the lives of millions of people. In Southern (developing) nations, successful experiences in conserving biodiversity and utilizing sustainable resources have not been publicized widely and hence have not been replicated in other relevant circumstances. For example, much of the available information on a wide variety of best practices and lessons learned for protecting and sustainably using arid and semiarid zone biodiversity remains within the institutions in which it has been generated and has not been shared between others working on similar issues for the mutual benefit of the global environment. Lack of financial resources constrains developing nations and their scientific institutions to widely disseminate the results of studies and projects as well as their ability to increase partnerships, cooperation, and capacity building between institutions and various stakeholders. The overall goal of this book is to increase the size of and more widely disseminate the portfolio of research and other works aimed at protecting and sustainably utilizing biodiversity of global significance in arid and semiarid areas in developing nations. Specifically, the book focuses on best practices and lessons learnt for science, for public policy and management, for increasing the participation of local people in decision making, and for enhancing partnerships and capacity building between institutions. In part, the successful practices and programs described in this book are a follow up to the Earth Summit Conference and the ratification of the Convention on Biological Diversity (