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Green Republic A Conservation History of Costa Rica

ISBN-10: 0292721013
ISBN-13: 9780292721012
Edition: 1999
Authors: Sterling Evans
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Description: With over 25 percent of its land set aside in national parks and other protected areas, Costa Rica is renowned worldwide as "the green republic." In this very readable history of conservation in Costa Rica, Sterling Evans explores the establishment  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 1/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 335
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

With over 25 percent of its land set aside in national parks and other protected areas, Costa Rica is renowned worldwide as "the green republic." In this very readable history of conservation in Costa Rica, Sterling Evans explores the establishment of the country' national park system as a response to the rapid destruction of its tropical ecosystems due to the expansion of export-related agriculture.Drawing on interviews with key players in the conservation movement, as well as archival research, Evans traces the emergence of a conservation ethic among Costa Ricans and the tangible forms it has taken. In Part I, he describes the development of the national park system and "the grand contradiction" that conservation occurred simultaneously with massive deforestation in unprotected areas. In Part II, he examines other aspects of Costa Rica' conservation experience, including the important roles played by environmental education and nongovernmental organizations, campesino and indigenous movements, ecotourism, and the work of the National Biodiversity Institute.

Sterling Evans is an associate professor of history at Brandon University in Manitoba. He is the author ofThe Green Republic: A Conservation History of Costa Ricaand the editor ofAmerican Indians in American History, 1870–2001: A Companion Reader.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Costa Rica's History of Conservation
A Legacy of Scientific Thought and Tropical Research
The Environmental Problem
The Conservationist Response
The Development of National Parks and Other Protected Areas
Conservation Continued: The Oduber Years
Conservation through Crisis: Carazo and the Economy
Crisis Continued: The Monge Administration
Restructuring and Decentralizing Conservation
Building a Green Republic
Environmental Education: Framework for the Future
The Nongovernmental Approach
Oro Verde! Ecotourism for Economic Growth
The National Biodiversity Institute
Conclusion: "Picking Up the Gauntlet"
List of Acronyms
The Presidents of the Republic of Costa Rica, 1928-1998
The History of Controversy at Santa Rosa--A Besieged National Park
Anonymous Poem Regarding the Palo Verde National Park Controversy, Summer 1981
The National Conservation Strategy for Sustainable Development
Indigenous Population of Costa Rica by Region and Group
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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