Human Exploitation and Biodiversity Conservation

  • Editors
  • David L. Hawksworth
  • Alan T. Bull

Part of the Topics in Biodiversity and Conservation book series (TOBC, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. David L. Hawksworth
    Pages 1-2
  3. Luis-Bernardo Vázquez, Kevin J. Gaston
    Pages 57-74
  4. Richard M. Smith, Philip H. Warren, Ken Thompson, Kevin J. Gaston
    Pages 75-98
  5. Alessandro Fusari, Giuseppe Maria Carpaneto
    Pages 137-155
  6. Brian G. Giles, Truong Si Ky, Huu Do Hoang, Amanda C. J. Vincent
    Pages 157-173
  7. Richard M. Smith, Kevin J. Gaston, Philip H. Warren, Ken Thompson
    Pages 175-205
  8. M. P. Walker, J. W. Dover, T. H. Sparks, S. A. Hinsley
    Pages 255-270
  9. Nigel Maxted, Brian V. Ford-Lloyd, Stephen Jury, Shelagh Kell, Maria Scholten
    Pages 333-345
  10. Rajasri Bhattacharyya, Sabita Bhattacharya, Siddhartha Chaudhuri
    Pages 365-377
  11. G. Coelho de Souza, R. Kubo, L. Guimarães, E. Elisabetsky
    Pages 397-406
  12. Marcelo H. O. Pinheiro, Luiz C. de Almeida Neto, Reinaldo Monteiro
    Pages 407-424
  13. Siddhartha B. Bajracharya, Peter A. Furley, Adrian C. Newton
    Pages 425-446
  14. K. E. Stokes, K. P. O’neill, W. I. Montgomery, J. T. A. Dick, C. A. Maggs, R. A. Mcdonald
    Pages 489-512
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 513-513

About this book


The sustainable use of biodiversity is one of the three key objectives of the 1992 "Convention on Biological Diversity". To achieve this, sound conservation practice has to be recognized as beneficial and implemented by all who access, or use it – from subsistence farmers to skiers and pharmaceutical bioprospectors. At the same time, indigenous peoples necessarily utilize enormous numbers of plants, fungi, and fish, particularly for foods and medicines.

This book gathers together a wide range of contributions addressing diverse aspects of front-line human involvement in biodiversity exploitation and conservation. Its scope is broad, the organisms explored ranging from birds, invertebrates and mammals – both terrestrial and aquatic – to crops and medicinal plants. Meanwhile, the issues addressed include land use changes, the importance of gardens, hedges and green lanes, housing developments, hunting, invasive species, local community involvement, sacred groves, socioeconomic factors and trade.

These peer reviewed case studies come from studies in 17 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. Providing a snap-shot of on-going action and state-of-the-art research, rather than a series of necessarily more superficial overviews, this collection will be of particular interest to courses including biodiversity and/or conservation issues, and to advanced students and researchers working in related fields.

 Reprinted from Biodiversity and Conservation 15:8 (2006).


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