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An unflinching vision: networks of people defending networks of lands

abstract1 (full description below): Pp 1-8 in Nature Conservation 4: The Role of Networks, Denis Saunders, J. L. Craig, and E. M. Mattiske, eds. Surrey Beatty, Inc. Sydney.
Unflinching vision. PDF/Acrobat file     SoulĂ©, M. E.

Population growth and technological commercialization are the common causes of habitat fragmentation and social fragmentation. As growth and technology eat away at nature, they also cause social disintegration. Moreover, each of these diseases exacerbates the other in an accelerating downward spiral of human alienation and species loss. The loss of species from habitat remnants obeys certain rules. Knowing these, conservation biologists have discovered certain principles and guidelines for the maintenance of species diversity. Among the most important of these are (1) bigger is better ecologically, (2) edge effects (e.g., roads) should be minimized, (3) the distance between remnant islands should be minimized, (4) the persistence of large, native predators in remnants slows biotic attrition. (5) connectivity should be maintained or restored ...