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Con­ser­va­tion Biol­ogy text­book for all, for FREE !

pub­lished 25 Decem­ber 2011 | mod­i­fied 18 Decem­ber 2016

For some rea­son I have missed any announce­ments and adver­tise­ments regard­ing this absolutely great offer from Oxford Uni­ver­sity Press (OUP). But now I have dis­cov­ered it, I must share this with you: OUP together with renown sci­en­tists in the field of con­ser­va­tion biol­ogy pub­lished a text­book that deliv­ers basic knowl­edge on key issues, includ­ing spe­cific hot top­ics; and Con­ser­va­tion Biol­ogy for All is for FREE!

The deci­sion made by OUP was dri­ven by the fact that a large and poor audi­ence of stu­dents in devel­op­ing coun­tries do not have access to autho­r­a­tive text­books. Espe­cially in these devel­op­ing coun­tries, where we see the high­est bio­log­i­cal diver­sity together with the high­est level of habi­tat degra­da­tion, such a text­book is invalu­able. There­fore, no mat­ter how you regard OUP’s pub­li­ca­tion — as a state­ment or as applied devel­op­ment aid, it should be applauded at the least. A free copy of the book can be down­loaded here.

Some pro­mo­tional text from the publisher:

Oxford Uni­ver­sity Press makes con­ser­va­tion biol­ogy text­book by some of the world’s most promi­nent ecol­o­gists and con­ser­va­tion biol­o­gists avail­able as free down­load

Con­ser­va­tion Biol­ogy for All pro­vides cutting-​edge but basic con­ser­va­tion sci­ence to a global read­er­ship. A series of author­i­ta­tive chap­ters have been writ­ten by the top names in con­ser­va­tion biol­ogy with the prin­ci­pal aim of dis­sem­i­nat­ing cutting-​edge con­ser­va­tion knowl­edge as widely as pos­si­ble. Impor­tant top­ics such as bal­anc­ing con­ver­sion and human needs, cli­mate change, con­ser­va­tion plan­ning, design­ing and ana­lyz­ing con­ser­va­tion research, ecosys­tem ser­vices, endan­gered species man­age­ment, extinc­tions, fire, habi­tat loss, and inva­sive species are cov­ered. Numer­ous text boxes describ­ing addi­tional rel­e­vant mate­r­ial or case stud­ies are also included.

The global bio­di­ver­sity cri­sis is now unstop­pable; what can be saved in the devel­op­ing world will require an edu­cated con­stituency in both the devel­op­ing and devel­oped world. Habi­tat loss is par­tic­u­larly acute in devel­op­ing coun­tries, which is of spe­cial con­cern because it tends to be these loca­tions where the great­est species diver­sity and rich­est cen­ters of endemism are to be found.

The authors pub­lished Con­ser­va­tion Biol­ogy for All in a free and open access for­mat in an effort to make con­ser­va­tion knowl­edge avail­able to as many peo­ple as possible.

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