Biodiversity Conservation in Costa Rica

Learning the Lessons in a Seasonal Dry Forest
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9780520937772
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Ebook
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352
Autor:
Gordon W. Frankie
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Englisch
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The beautiful tropical dry forest of northwest Costa Rica, with its highly seasonal rainfall and diversely vegetated landscape, is disappearing even more rapidly than Costa Rica's better-known rain forest, primarily because it has been easier to convert to agriculture. This book, based on more than thirty years of study, offers the first comprehensive look at the ecology, biodiversity, and conservation status of this endangered and fragile region. The contributors, from Costa Rica, Britain, Mexico, and the United States, and representing the fields of ecology, environmental education, policy, and the law, examine the major plant and animal groups living in the dry forest and present the first technical evaluation of Costa Rica's conservation efforts. As they assess the status of their area of specialty in the dry forest, the contributors also look beyond this particular region to show how its plants and animals are ecologically and evolutionarily connected to other geographic areas in Costa Rica and Central America. Their chapters cover topics such as watershed and coastal management, plant phenology, pollination, insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. They also consider the socioeconomic, policy, legal, and political aspects of biodiversity conservation, giving the volume a wide-ranging perspective and making a unique contribution to our knowledge of the tropical dry forest. The book concludes with an important synthesis of the contributors' recommendations on future directions, policies, and actions that will better conserve biodiversity in Costa Rica and other neotropical forests as well.
The beautiful tropical dry forest of northwest Costa Rica, with its highly seasonal rainfall and diversely vegetated landscape, is disappearing even more rapidly than Costa Rica's better-known rain forest, primarily because it has been easier to convert to agriculture. This book, based on more than thirty years of study, offers the first comprehensive look at the ecology, biodiversity, and conservation status of this endangered and fragile region. The contributors, from Costa Rica, Britain, Mexico, and the United States, and representing the fields of ecology, environmental education, policy, and the law, examine the major plant and animal groups living in the dry forest and present the first technical evaluation of Costa Rica's conservation efforts. As they assess the status of their area of specialty in the dry forest, the contributors also look beyond this particular region to show how its plants and animals are ecologically and evolutionarily connected to other geographic areas in Costa Rica and Central America. Their chapters cover topics such as watershed and coastal management, plant phenology, pollination, insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. They also consider the socioeconomic, policy, legal, and political aspects of biodiversity conservation, giving the volume a wide-ranging perspective and making a unique contribution to our knowledge of the tropical dry forest. The book concludes with an important synthesis of the contributors' recommendations on future directions, policies, and actions that will better conserve biodiversity in Costa Rica and other neotropical forests as well.
Preface1. Introduction—Alfonso Mata and Jaime EcheverríaPART I. BIODIVERSITY AND ECOLOGICAL STUDIESA. COSTA RICAN DRY FOREST2. Flowering Phenology and Pollination Systems Diversity in the Seasonal Dry Forest—Gordon W. Frankie, William A. Haber, S. Bradleigh Vinson, Kamal S. Bawa, Peter S. Ronchi, and Nelson Zamora3. Breeding Structure of Neotropical Dry-Forest Tree Species in Fragmented Landscapes—James L. Hamrick and Victoria J. Apsit4. Impact of Global Changes on the Reproductive Biology of Trees in Tropical Dry Forests—Kamal S. Bawa5. Tropical Dry-Forest Mammals of Palo Verde: Ecology and Conservation in a Changing Landscape—Kathryn E. Stoner and Robert M. Timm6. The Conservation Values of Bees and Ants in the Costa Rican Dry Forest—S. Bradleigh Vinson, Sean T. O’Keefe, and Gordon W. Frankie7. Ecology of Dry-Forest Wildland Insects in the Area de Conservación Guanacaste—Daniel H. JanzenB. BIOTIC RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER COSTA RICAN FORESTS8. Diversity, Migration, and Conservation of Butterflies in Northern Costa Rica—William A. Haber and Robert D. Stevenson9. Watershed Ecology and Conservation: Hydrological Resources in the Northwest of Costa Rica—Alfonso Mata10. Where the Dry Forest Feeds the Sea: The Gulf of Nicoya Estuary—José A. Vargas and Alfonso Mata11. Mangrove Forests under Dry Seasonal Climates in Costa Rica—Jorge A. JiménezC. BIOTIC RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS12. Geographical Distribution, Ecology, and Conservation Status of Costa Rican Dry-Forest Avifauna—Gilbert Barrantes and Julio E. Sánchez13. An Ultrasonically Silent Night: The Tropical Dry Forest without Bats—Richard K. LaVal14. Biodiversity and Conservation of Middle American Dry-Forest Herpetofauna—Mahmood Sasa and Federico Bolaños15. Parque Marino Las Baulas: Conservation Lessons from a New National Park and From 45 Years of Conservation of Sea Turtles in Costa Rica—James R. Spotila and Frank V. Paladino16. Prospects for Circa Situm Tree Conservation in Mesoamerican Dry-Forest Agro-ecosystems—David H. Boshier, James E. Gordon, and Adrian J. BarrancePART II. TRANSFERRING BIODIVERSITY KNOWLEDGE INTO ACTION: THE RECORD17. Biodiversity Inventories in Costa Rica and Their Application to conservation—Paul Hanson18. Conflict Resolution: Recognizing and Managing Discord in Resource Protection—Gregory A. Giusti19. Conservation and Environmental Education in Rural Northwestern Costa Rica: Learning the Lessons of a Nongovernmental Organization—Gordon W. Frankie and S. Bradleigh Vinson20. The Media and Biodiversity Conservation—Gilda Aburto21. Threats to the Conservation of Tropical Dry Forest in Costa Rica—Mauricio Quesada and Kathryn E. Stoner22. Environmental Law of Costa Rica: Development and Enforcement—Roxana Salazar23. Dispute over the Protection of the Environment in Costa Rica—Julio A. Bustos24. The Policy Context for Conservation in Costa Rica: Model or Muddle?—Katrina Brandon25. Conclusion and Recommendations—Gordon W. Frankie, Alfonso Mata, and Katrina BrandonList of ContributorsIndex

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