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The International Politics of Bird Conservation

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The International Politics of Bird Conservation

Biodiversity, Regionalism and Global Governance

9781845424039 Edward Elgar Publishing
Robert Boardman, former McCulloch Professor of Political Science, Dalhousie University, Canada
Publication Date: 2006 ISBN: 978 1 84542 403 9 Extent: 288 pp
The International Politics of Bird Conservation assesses international cooperation on migratory and endangered birds in different regions of the world. Robert Boardman illustrates that – although birds are protected in international treaties, by national legislation and through the projects of non-governmental organizations – the threats to many species have mounted. Threats arise from ecologically inappropriate agricultural and forestry practices, the spread of cities and the draining of wetlands, among other factors.

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The International Politics of Bird Conservation assesses international cooperation on migratory and endangered birds in different regions of the world. Robert Boardman illustrates that – although birds are protected in international treaties, by national legislation and through the projects of non-governmental organizations – the threats to many species have mounted. Threats arise from ecologically inappropriate agricultural and forestry practices, the spread of cities and the draining of wetlands, among other factors.

The author focuses on regional cooperation between governments, NGOs and international organizations. It questions the effectiveness of international cooperation on the protection of birds, particularly migratory and endangered species. The rise of conservation-related scientific research and the historical evolution of bird protection efforts are discussed, as are regional developments in Africa, the Americas, the Arctic, Antarctica, Asia, Australasia, and Europe. The author concludes by identifying emerging trends in environmental governance and suggesting reforms to strengthen these arrangements.

This book will prove a fascinating read for researchers, academics, organizations and specialists in a wide range of fields including: bird conservation and wildlife protection, environmental law and policy, global governance, regionalism and transborder cooperation.
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‘. . . this text is a useful resource for anyone interested in the history of nature conservation – and is usefully organised so that relevant chapters can be easily extracted from the whole.’
– Norman Dandy, Environmental Politics
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Contents: Preface 1. Framing Birds 2. The Biodiversity Project 3. Agenda-setting in the Early Years 4. Continental Contexts: North American Dynamics 5. Europe as a Conservation Polity 6. Development, Disparity, Diversity: North–South Encounters 7. Ecosystems of the Polar Regions 8. Niches of Governance References Index
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