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Foundations of Environmental SustainabilityThe Coevolution of Science and Policy$
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Larry Rockwood, Ronald Stewart, and Thomas Dietz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309454

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309454.001.0001

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Ecological and Intellectual Baselines: Saving Lions, Tigers, and Rhinos in Asia

Ecological and Intellectual Baselines: Saving Lions, Tigers, and Rhinos in Asia

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(p.98) 7 Ecological and Intellectual Baselines: Saving Lions, Tigers, and Rhinos in Asia
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Foundations of Environmental Sustainability
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John Seidensticker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309454.003.0008

This chapter begins by stating that one of the great problems in conservation biology is so-called ecological amnesia, the disappearance in the public mind of what environments were like even a few decades ago. Once species and natural environments are lost, mental adjustments are made in the minds of local people; what is “natural” now is not what was natural twenty or fifty years ago. If Asian conservation and restoration are to take place at all, it must be done in concert with the human populations that have always been part of the landscape. Two case studies are described: (1) Asian lions and the Gir Forest (India) and (2) rhinos, tigers, and the Chitwan Valley (Nepal).

Keywords:   conservation biology, environmental protection, ecological amnesia, Asia, Gir Forest, Chitwan Valley

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