Green Phoenix

Restoring the Tropical Forests of Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Author: William Allen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195347579

Category: Science

Page: 611

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Can we prevent the destruction of the world's tropical forests? In the fire-scarred hills of Costa Rica, award-winning science writer William Allen found a remarkable answer: we can not only prevent their destruction--we can bring them back to their former glory. In Green Phoenix, Allen tells the gripping story of a large group of Costa Rican and American scientists and volunteers who set out to save the tropical forests in the northwestern section of the country. It was an area badly damaged by the fires of ranchers and small farmers; in many places a few strands of forest strung across a charred landscape. Despite the widely held belief that tropical forests, once lost, are lost forever, the team led by the dynamic Daniel Janzen from the University of Pennsylvania moved relentlessly ahead, taking a broad array of political, ecological, and social steps necessary for restoration. They began with 39 square miles and, by 2000, they had stitched together and revived some 463 square miles of land and another 290 of marine area. Today this region is known as the Guanacaste Conservation Area, a fabulously rich landscape of dry forest, cloud forest, and rain forest that gives life to some 235,000 species of plants and animals. It may be the greatest environmental success of our time, a prime example of how extensive devastation can be halted and reversed. This is an inspiring story, and in recounting it, Allen writes with vivid power. He creates lasting images of pristine beaches and dense forest and captures the heroics and skill of the scientific teams, especially the larger-than-life personality of the maverick ecologist Daniel Janzen. It is a book everyone concerned about the environment will want to own.
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Costa Rican Ecosystems

Author: Maarten Kappelle

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022627893X

Category: Nature

Page: 797

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In 1502, Christopher Columbus named Costa Rica, and while gold and silver never materialized to justify the moniker of rich coast in purely economic terms, scientists and ecotravelers alike have long appreciated its incredible wealth. Wealth in Costa Rica is best measured by its biodiversity--home to a dizzying number of plants and animals, many endemic, it's a country that has long encouraged and welcomed researchers from the world over, and is exemplary in the creation and commitment to indigenous conservation and management programs. Costa Rica is considered to have the best preserved natural resources in Latin America. Approximately nine percent (about 1,000,000 acres) of Costa Rica has been protected in 15 national parks, and a comparable amount of land is protected as wildlife refuges, forest reserves or Indian reservations. This long-awaited synthesis of Costa Rican ecosystems is an authoritative presentation of the paleoecology, biogeography, structure, conservation, and sustainable use of Costa Rica's ecosystems. It systematically covers the entire range of Costa Rica's natural and managed, terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems, including its island systems (Cocos Islands), the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and shores (coasts, coral reefs, mangrove forests), its lowlands (dry, season and wet forests), its highlands (the northern volcanoes and southern Talamanca's), and its estuaries, rivers, lakes, swamps and bogs.
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Guanacaste National Park

Tropical Ecological and Cultural Restoration

Author: Daniel H. Janzen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Chaparral ecology

Page: 103

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Parks

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: National parks and reserves

Page: N.A

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Tropical Zoology

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Zoology

Page: N.A

View: 3979

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The New Economy of Nature

The Quest to Make Conservation Profitable

Author: Gretchen Daily,Katherine Ellison

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 8628

Why shouldn't people who deplete our natural assets have to pay, and those who protect them reap profits? Conservation-minded entrepreneurs and others around the world are beginning to ask just that question, as the increasing scarcity of natural resources becomes a tangible threat to our own lives and our hopes for our children. The New Economy of Nature brings together Gretchen Daily, one of the world's leading ecologists, with Katherine Ellison, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, to offer an engaging and informative look at a new "new economy" -- a system recognizing the economic value of natural systems and the potential profits in protecting them.Through engaging stories from around the world, the authors introduce readers to a diverse group of people who are pioneering new approaches to conservation. We meet Adam Davis, an American business executive who dreams of establishing a market for buying and selling "ecosystem service units;" John Wamsley, a former math professor in Australia who has found a way to play the stock market and protect native species at the same time; and Dan Janzen, a biologist working in Costa Rica who devised a controversial plan to sell a conservation area's natural waste-disposal services to a local orange juice producer. Readers also visit the Catskill Mountains, where the City of New York purchased undeveloped land instead of building an expensive new water treatment facility; and King County, Washington, where county executive Ron Sims has dedicated himself to finding ways of "making the market move" to protect the county's remaining open space.Daily and Ellison describe the dynamic interplay of science, economics, business, and politics that is involved in establishing these new approaches and examine what will be needed to create successful models and lasting institutions for conservation. The New Economy of Nature presents a fundamentally new way of thinking about the environment and about the economy, and with its fascinating portraits of charismatic pioneers, it is as entertaining as it is informative.
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SEJ Journal

The Quarterly Publication of the Society of Environmental Journalists

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Environmental protection

Page: N.A

View: 495

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Whole Earth

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Appropriate technology

Page: N.A

View: 7822

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It's Every Monkey For Themselves

A True Story of Sex, Love and Lies in the Jungle

Author: Vanessa Woods

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1741159520

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 335

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Aiming to put as much distance as she could between herself and a dysfunctional relationship, Vanessa Woods left her Pleasantville life in the leafy but safe suburbs of Canberra and headed for the remote, wild and distinctly unsafe jungles of Costa Rica. She had a research job, a contract with Disney Channel and would spend the year working with a small community of dedicated like-minded scientific souls researching the behaviour of capuchin monkeys while making a documentary about Costa Rican wildlife. Or so she thought. As it turned out, Vanessa's housemates in the monkey house didn't appreciate her Australian sense of humour, she was stung so often by wasps and killer bees she developed a lethal allergy, and the monkeys were evasive, mean and aggressive - with the only difference between them and her housemates being that at least she could tell her housemates apart. Over the course of a wild, bruising and tumultuous year that can most accurately be characterized as Dian Fossey meets Big Brother, Vanessa learned that not all monkeys - or people - are alike, that friendship can be more important than sex, and that sometimes it takes a brush with death and an abscess the size of a melon on your head to make you realise that being pretty isn't always enough. This is a story of love, loss, bitter rivalry and vicious battles - and that's just the monkeys.
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Voices of Migrants

Rural-urban Migration in Costa Rica

Author: Paul Kutsche

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780813012667

Category: History

Page: 236

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"Verbatim or near-verbatim 1981-84 interviews with 14 Costa Ricans (ten men, four women) provide information about life histories of migrants to San Josâe. Strong opening chapters provide the context for migration and the interview-years. Conclusion relates their narratives to Costa Rican 'exceptionalism' and other value-patterns"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.
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Bulletin

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Ecology

Page: N.A

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Making Peace with the Planet

Author: Barry Commoner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781565840126

Category: Science

Page: 293

View: 9215

Discusses the public and private sector's attempts to address environmental problems and explains why they have not worked.
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