Cultural Landscapes.- Aldo Leopold on the Ethical Foundations for Conserving Biodiversity.- Reflections on the Intelligence of Natural Systems.- Effectiveness of Nature Protection Legislation in the European Union and the United States: The Habitats Directive and the Endangered Species Act.- The Economic Geography of Ecosystem Goods and Services.- Foundations of Poland#x2019;s Cultural Landscape Protection - Conservation Policy.- Sustainable Development, Landscape Conservation and Tourism in the Small Islands of Greece.- Communities as Mediators.- Agricultural Policies Sustaining the European Countryside.- Meka and LPR - Steps Towards an Effective Integration of Land Use and Nature Conservation.- The Effectiveness of Agri-Environment Schemes as a Tool to Restore Biodiversity in Dutch Agricultural Landscapes.- The Pig Grazing Project: Prospects of a Novel Management Tool.
Cultural landscapes are created by people, and used by people, but still decidedly rich in biodiversity, and in harmony with nature. The landscapes of fairy tales, without dragons. Socio-economic complexity on top of biological diversity is the challenge nature conservation faces in the context of cultural landscape.
This book is an attempt to approach this complexity and provide a theoretical background as well as guidelines and examples for hands-on solutions. It draws on inputs from scientists, administrators, independent consultants and politicians from Europe and the United States. With a particular emphasis on agriculture it attempts to merge disciplines such as philosophy, law, planning, economics and conservation biology toward a common goal: nature conservation and the preservation of biological diversity in landscapes under the pressure of human usage.
The book provides a basic rational why conservation targets must be included into land use schemes
The book provides ideas and examples how land use and conservation can be integrated.
It is a unique publication on sustainability issues.