Conserving Biodiversity in Arid Regions

Best Practices in Developing Nations

  • John Lemons
  • Reginald Victor
  • Daniel Schaffer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Case Studies on Conserving and Sustainably Using Biodiversity in Arid and Semiarid Regions of Southern Nations

  3. Africa

  4. Asia

  5. Latin America and the Caribbean

    1. Gloria Montenegro, Miguel Gómez, Ana Maria Mujica, Barbara N. Timmermann
      Pages 275-289
    2. Paulo César Fernandes Lima, Adriano Quadros Lima, Marcos Antonio Drumond
      Pages 299-314
    3. Jorge Araya-Valenzuela, Roberto Espejo-Guasp
      Pages 315-326
    4. J. C. Wheeler, M. Fernandez, R. Rosadio, D. Hoces, M. Kadwell, M. W. Buford
      Pages 327-344
    5. Cristian Bonacic, Jessica Gimpel
      Pages 345-354
    6. Érica Speglich, Carlos Alfredo Joly
      Pages 381-386
  6. North Africa and the Middle East

  7. Regionwide

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 495-497

About this book


On the eve of the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD), held in autumn 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan recommended five specific areas as focal points of discussion for the global forum: Water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity. In his address, "Towards a Sustainable Future," delivered just four months before the WSSD, Secretary General Annan contended that concrete progress in each of these areas, often referred to by their acronym WEHAB, would be key to improving the quality of life not only in the developing world but across the globe. For most people, I think it is fair to say that the inclusion of biodiversity in a list that focuses on basic human needs may not be self-evident. Water, energy, health and agriculture, yes. But why biodiversity? The truth is that biodiversity is just as critical to global well-being as water, energy, agriculture and health. This is because biodiversity both drives and shapes nature's intricate and dynamic structure in an enduring form and force that enables both current and future generations to enjoy its bounty.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John Lemons
    • 1
  • Reginald Victor
    • 2
  • Daniel Schaffer
    • 3
  1. 1.University of New EnglandBiddefordUSA
  2. 2.Centre for Environmental Studies and ResearchSultan Qaboos UniversitySultanate of Oman
  3. 3.Third World Academy of SciencesAbdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical PhysicsTriesteItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5045-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-0375-0
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