Effective Conservation

To commemorate Earth Day, this week's review provides a roadmap for successful conservation development through a “Full Nature" approach

Effective Conservation: Parks, Rewilding, and Local Development

Jiménez Pérez, Ignacio. Island Press, 2022
280p bibl index, 9781642832457 $45.00, 9781642832464 $44.99

Effective Conservation: Parks, Rewilding, and Local Development book cover.

Jiménez Pérez has written an extraordinary book based on years of working in the field on conservation and rewilding projects in many countries, involving numerous organizations, governments, and species. First published in Spanish in 2018, this English translation presents a coherent, insightful, easily understood manual for designing and managing conservation projects specific to local development situations. Coined as “Full Nature,” the author’s approach to rewilding is illustrated through a paddleboat metaphor that students, project managers, and politicians will easily understand. The chapters, named for components of a paddleboat, include coverage of important concepts, suggested strategies, and case studies of successful conservation programs. The text offers many international examples of species conservation and local development, beautifully illustrating the success of this approach and enabling all readers to relate and understand. Each chapter includes suggested additional readings and references. This inspiring, practical, informative text calls on conservationists to critically reflect on all aspects of conservation, including pertinent ecological data, leadership, and local development and politics. It will become a classic reference in the years to come for students, civic managers, and anyone seeking to learn more about effective conservation programs.

Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers.
Reviewer: C. L. Johnson, emerita, Gustavus Adolphus College
Interdisciplinary Subjects: Environmental Studies
Subject: Social & Behavioral Sciences – Business, Management & Labor
Choice Issue: Jan 2023

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