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Conservation of Biodiversity in Cambodia - Assessment of Conservation of Biodiversity in Cambodia 1. Introduction Conservation of Biodiversity in Cambodia has been gathering momentum in the past few years in response to international conservation efforts and increased land degradation and loss (Conservation International 2004). International monetary institutions such as the World Bank and transnational NGOs such as Conservation International have been influential in changing forestry legislation in Cambodia (Reuters 2002). However, the implementation of these laws and practices are not always as successfully carried out or adhered to on a local level (Reuters 2002)....   [tags: Biodiversity Cambodia Essays]
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The Galapagos Islands - The Galapagos Islands: A Precious Biodiversity Hotspot Gordon B. Hinckley once said, “Life is precious. Life is sacred. And it ought so to be observed.” Hinckley is expressing that every variety of life is exquisite and irreplaceable and it is there for us to observe and utilize to increase the quality of life overall. About six hundred miles off of the coast of Ecuador lay a biodiversity hotspot called the Galapagos Islands. This archipelago of volcanic islands, formed over four million years ago, is known for its tremendous multitude of indigenous species found nowhere else on the planet....   [tags: biodiversity, environmental conservation]
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Forest Biodiversity Loss - 1. Introduction In many communities worldwide, people depend on forests, for fuel wood-gathering, harvesting of wood and non-wood forest products, for larger-scale commercial purposes, habitat for more than half the world’s terrestrial species, clean water, and other important ecosystem services (De Groot et al., 2002, Santangeli et al., 2013, Chhatre and Agrawal, 2009). However, the forest biodiversity is continuously undergoing loss which directly or indirectly contributes to forest ecosystems being transformed and in some cases irreversibly degraded....   [tags: sustainability, management, conservation program]
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Habitat Destruction and Biodiversity Loss - "If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us." -- David Suzuki Imagine this: bulldozers growl and grind through a local field, while the whine of chainsaws echoes from a nearby grove of trees. The trees crash to the ground, only to be cut up for firewood or sent to a sawmill, and the remaining ground is cleared of stumps and plowed. The tall grasses and brush in the field are demolished, leaving behind churned-up soil....   [tags: Loss of Biodiversity]
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The Future of the Conservation Movement - There is no question that humans are the dominant ecological force in today’s society. If humans are the dominant force, would it not make sense that humans have the moral responsibility to protect and care for nature. Nature provides humans with the resources to survive, yet humans are the ones who are slowly destroying it. Fortunately, there are people who do believe that it is their moral responsibility to protect nature. The Conservation Movement provides an excellent example of humans being obedient in the fight for protecting nature....   [tags: Conservation ]
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Poverty Abolition and Biodiversity Preservation: Livelihood Case Study Around Mikumi National Park, Tanzania - Case Study Examples The following two case-studies have been selected to unravelling the complex association between poverty abolition and biodiversity preservation. The first one will give the insights about an existing conservation projects impact on surrounding people’s life, mainly economic perspective. The second one is the categorization and evaluation of project portfolio of conservation NGO. It will highlight the general trend of conservations projects worldwide, their rational, approach, outcome and impact as well as input towards poverty eradication....   [tags: conservation, poverty, protected areas]
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Benefits of Impure Public Goods on Marine Biodiversity Preservation - Systems of “impure public goods” are touted as offering a blend of private and public interests, preventing exploitation while still allowing these resources to be accessible to the public. In the field of marine biodiversity, this is important because it can potentially prevent resources from being exploited and/or species from becoming eradicated. The idea of public goods offers a system that is subject to external forces and internal mechanisms, and despite its negative and positive impacts remains a system worth investigating for the purposes of marine preservation....   [tags: public interests, marine biodiversity]
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Coral Reef Conservation - If there is a new product out in the market, people buy it and use it every day without knowing where it comes from or how it was made, but people “love it, couldn’t live without it”. Carelessly using it and re buying without conserving, but what if this product disappeared and there was nothing else like it. Suddenly everything becomes harder and seems to be more difficult. There is only one solution to solve the problem, make people aware of what has been done to this meaningful product in life....   [tags: Coral Reefs, Conservation, Oceans]
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Wildlife and Conservation Efforts in Africa - The dynamic natural environment and abundant wildlife are the most prominent features of the African continent. Due to its wide variety of biomes ranging from tropical forests to arid deserts, Africa consists of bountiful wildlife diversity. However, because of environmentally harmful human interactions, the variety of biomes is shrinking to all-time lows, which causes wildlife to die out. These detrimental human interactions, particularly livestock overgrazing and desertification, occur partly because the native people who depend on the land for daily life do not realize the potential benefits of wildlife and the unsustainability of their current ways....   [tags: Wildlife Conservation]
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The Importance of Biodiversity - What exactly is Biodiversity. Biodiversity is generally defined as “the existence of many different kinds of plants and animals in an environment.” (Merriam Webster Dictionary, n.d.) However, there is no single definition for biodiversity. One definition for biological diversity is “a diversity among and within plant and animal species in an environment” (Biological Diversity, n.d.). Biodiversity can also be defined as “the number and variety of organisms found within a specified geographic region” (Biological Diversity, n.d.)....   [tags: environment, ecological diversity]
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Protection and Conservation of Endangered Species in Ontario - Canada, with its vast areas of land and abundance of resources, is home to many unique and complex habits that house a number of important species. Environmental policies play a key role in the survival of many endangered animal and plant species and guide conservation efforts in Ontario. In order to protect at risk species and conserve their habitats, government officials need to place greater importance on creating effective policies that target root problems and help address fundamental issues like habitat loss, pollution and human interaction with these species and their environment....   [tags: Wildlife Conservation]
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Loss of Biodiversity - ... For example, traditional farming was replaced by private farms in Europe after the First World War causing an immense change in land use patterns. Another major problem that contributes to habitat alteration is introduction of exotic species. Exotic species are those that are introduced into a habitat that they do not belong to. Species that are genetically modified by scientists and researchers fall under this category. Even the presence of exotic species might be highly destructive to existing biodiversity (Prévot-julliard, Clavel, Teillac-deschamps & Julliard, 2011)....   [tags: species, habitat, extinction] 998 words
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The Loss of Biodiversity on the Ecosystems - The Loss of Biodiversity on the Ecosystems A person’s health and welfare is subject to ecosystem benefits supplied by natural surroundings, such as the purification air and water, fisheries, woodlands, and nutrient recycling. These are principally commodities with no retails as well as no prices, hence their depletion frequently is not sensed by new economic money methods and may thus endure unrestricted. Resulting in a variety of pressures from population growth to climate change that causes biodiversity to deteriorate, and ecosystems are ceaselessly being defiled (EPA, 2011)....   [tags: Environment, Environmental Protection Agency] 981 words
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Defining Biodiversity Among Organisms - An ecosystem provides a complex framework of biological species which are in phase of degradation in recent times. Since time immemorial, humans relied on plants, animals and microbes for the survival, but now the very pillar of life sustaining systems is at stake. Biodiversity can be defined as the varieties observed among organisms on the face of the Earth. Biodiversity is irreversibly affected by humans. Still creek is one of the longest streams flowing into the Burnaby lake in British Columbia....   [tags: industrial development,ecosystem, species]
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The Impact of Tourism and Human Activity on Biodiversity - Biodiversity is the variety of life on earth. It refers to the number of species of plants, animals and microorganisms. However, it also refers to the difference of the ecosystems on the planet such as rainforests, deserts, coral reefs and so on. This is all parts of a biologically diverse on the earth. The beauty of the country is made by the biodiversity on the earth. This can make the country became the most popular place to touristy, because of a wealth resource for the tourist sector that including the interesting animals and plants, a wonderful or fantastic place for tourist to explore and also scenic walks....   [tags: Ecology, Environmental Management]
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Value of Biodiversity and the Preservation of Species - Value of Biodiversity and the Preservation of Species As a result of the increasing environmental awareness of scientists and laymen, new issues have evolved around pressing ecological problems. Ecologists have discovered how important retaining biodiversity really is to humanity. While politicians often have other economic agendas, environmentalists are working hard to push this relatively new knowledge through political institutions using economic arguments. The preservation of our surroundings can create new jobs and promote economic efficiency, more so than the jobs which are currently destroying our ecosystem....   [tags: Nature Ecosystem Science Biology Papers]
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Urbanization & Habitat Loss in the Fraser Valley as a Threat to Biodiversity - We don’t often stop to consider the impact that simply living our human lives has on the other species that once called our neighbourhoods their home. The Fraser Valley, “one of the most important and complex ecosystems in the country” (Thom, p. 171), has been dramatically altered to make a more convenient landscape for housing and farming. In this process, critical habitat has been destroyed and many species that were once abundant have disappeared from our area (Cuthbert p. 24). Urbanization is ongoing and is thought to be the most significant threat to the incredible biodiversity found throughout British Columbia, and particularly the population-dense Lower Mainland (Harding, p....   [tags: Flora&Fauna, Salmon Lifecycle]
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Restoration and Recovery of the Botanical Garden José María Orozco - Summary of Proposal Background The main objective of the botanical gardens today is the conservation of biological diversity ex situ, allowing for the potential loss of this because of the destruction of the environment. However, in the past the main activity of the botanical gardens was the buildup and maintenance of diversity that explorers brought back from unexplored regions, near and far, in order to make them available to growers that they would explore the potential that plants collected....   [tags: Conservation]
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Biodiversity - Biodiversity Imagine this: you step outside and feel the barren, rough, red Earth beneath your feet. There’s not a single plant in sight—no rustling of the leaves, no mighty towering trees to block the severe winds, and the scorching heat of the sun searing upon your face because there’s no shade. And when you take a whiff of air, you feel nothing filling up the space inside your lungs, liberating your body’s activities. What’s wrong with this picture. It’s not possible, of course. Even though plants aren’t the building blocks of life, they’re pretty close and without them, most of life wouldn’t exist—YOU wouldn’t exist....   [tags: plants extinction ecosystem]
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Problems in Maintaining Biodiversity in the Modern World - Problems in Maintaining Biodiversity in the Modern World Biodiversity is the term used to describe the range of habitats and variety of species of animals and plants within them. (2) The maintenance and increase of biodiversity is important to keep an environment stable. If there is a loss of biodiversity then a population of a species will decrease and can only breed with each other. However, as inbreeding takes place genetic defects are caused leading to populations gradually becoming extinct....   [tags: Papers] 490 words
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Adverse Impacts of Landscape Fragmentation on Biodiversity - Adverse Impacts of Landscape Fragmentation on Biodiversity Landscape fragmentation can impose devastating and irreversible consequences on the biodiversity of ecosystems. Because of the conflicting interests between ecology and human economic benefit, it has become increasingly important to find solutions for a harmonic balance. It is imperative for people to recognize the impacts of biodiversity loss and increased extinction of many species. These impacts must be understood in order to protect landscapes and the immense biodiversity they contain....   [tags: Environmental Ecosystems Essays]
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Positive Effects of Conservation Tillage - Positive Effects of Conservation Tillage For centuries farmers have used plowing as a tool for weed control, and in some cases to promote plant growth. At first man had used animals to pull plows and other equipment, with the invention of the tractor work that would normally be done with animals could be done more easily and quickly. Although plowing has been a common and widely used tool for managing weed control, there are many negative impacts associated with this method. Conservation tillage is a method where some of crop residues, if not all of crop residues, are left on the surface of the soil....   [tags: Agriculture Farming Farms Environment Essays]
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Amphibian Diversity of Sri Lanka - Biodiversity degradation are becoming one the worst global environmental catastrophes. Given the status of the world’s biological resources on which so much of human life depends, biodiversity loss is among the world’s most pressing crisis and there is growing global concern on slowing down population declines and extinctions (Wilson 1988; WHO 2005; McKinney et al. 2009; Soberon and Peterson 2009). The current estimation on the extinction rate ranges between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural rate (Kumar and Khanna 2008)....   [tags: Environmental Catastrophe, Biodiversity ] 669 words
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Latin America International Cooperative Biodiversity Group - Mission and Background The Latin American International Cooperative Biodiversity Group program (LA ICBG) was established to study semi-arid region biodiversity in Meso and South America in the hopes of discovering natural products suitable for pharmaceutical and pesticide development. It is the first ever large-scale drug discovery study of dryland biodiversity to be undertaken following the International Convention of Biodiversity. Initial findings from the study of semi-arid plants demonstrate potentials for medicines that would target infectious disease and cardiovascular and central nervous system disorders to name a few....   [tags: Biology ICBG Environmentalism]
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Challenges, Success, and the Future of Conservation at the SCB 2009 Annual Meeting in Beijing - The Society for Conservation Biology, the global society of conservation professionals, held its first annual meeting on the Asian continent this summer. Conservation: Harmony for Nature and Society was hosted by the Institute of Botany at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and brought together over 1,200 conservation scientists and practioners from 74 different countries. Presentations spanned a wide range of topics and geographic regions, but particularly focused on Asia and its unique conservation challenges....   [tags: Meeting Minutes] 831 words
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Major Causes of Extinction - Major Causes of Extinction Hotspots are areas that have rich diversity of species, but many species have become critically endangered because of devastating human activities. The loss of biodiversity in many hotspots was mainly because of habitat loss and fragmentation which in turn have occurred due to pollution, overexploitation of resources, deforestation, increased human population, and introduction of exotic species (Background paper on Himalayan ecology, 2010). For Himalaya, deforestation is one of the main causes of extinction....   [tags: Environment, Hotspots, Loss of Biodiversity] 1038 words
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Arguments for Environmental Conservation - Response 3: Arguments for Environmental Conservation Since the beginning of civilization humanity has adopted a subjugating stance toward nature. Ecological exploitation has become the de facto standard, contributing to the illusion of self-subsistence provided by modern society. This mindset is untenable given humanities reliance on the natural world, as best demonstrated by the critical importance of various parts of the environment to humanities continued existence. This includes the importance of biodiversity to medicinal advancement and climate adaptation, the role of insects in the renewal of the biosphere, and the importance of the environment for humanities psychological health....   [tags: Environmental Issues] 677 words
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Industrial Agriculture and the Loss of Biodiversity - Industrial Agriculture and the Loss of Biodiversity Preserving Diversity By Way Of Old Crop Varieties Traditional methods is indeed the most advantageous way to retain sustainable success in farming suggested by Stephen B. Brush in his research of the effect of diversity in agriculture. In "Genetic Diversity And Conservation In Traditional Farming Systems," he explains how analyzing genetic erosion and the loss of genetic resources eventually leads to environmental degradation. Various factors have led to nations turning to improved adoption varieties, primarily the Green Revolution and commercial markets....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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The Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan - The Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan (the Plan) is designed to protect the biodiversity of the region; “[it] covers the Australian Government’s Border Ranges North and South (Queensland and New South Wales) Biodiversity Hotspot”. (2010) This essay will detail the findings of a policy risk assessment on a proposed management option put forward for the protection of the Border Ranges biodiversity that is “76%…. private land”. (2010) However first of all a brief typology of the categories of risk will be presented along with a brief discussion of selected instruments....   [tags: Environmental Issues]
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Species Conservation Issues in the Southeast of England - The increasing rate of environmental change is currently a global issue. This could be observed in measurements, such as a temperature fluctuation, rise of water level or could be observed physically such as population fluctuation. Most species vulnerable to such environmental change try to adapt to such changes. The rest die trying to or fly away avoiding them. The theory of Darwinian evolution is simply denoted stating survival of the fittest; making the weak eliminated. While conservationists struggle to conserve the genes that cannot cope with the rapid environmental changes, unexpected domination of species causes a lot of damages to nature....   [tags: Environment ]
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Plant Conservation and Collections:A Bid Towards the Conservation of Juniperus Communis - Two thirds of plant species in the world are now thought to be at risk from extinction according to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD, 2009). This stark fact among others e.g disappearance or changing of habitats, and climate change is largely the result of humankinds actions on the planet (CBD, 2009). Plants are the main producers on the earth, provideing most, if not all of the worls food, either directly or indirectly, as well as other vital resources such as medicines, fuel, building materials and fibres for clothes....   [tags: juniperus communis, species]
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Ecotourism in South Africa - South African ecologists currently face many challenges relating to the conservation of biodiversity and the growing economy. Excessive hunting and land development, as well as unemployment, all remain growing concerns for this struggling country. Jan-Hendrik, a South African who made contact with us, stated, “South Africa has lots of social and economic problems because most people are poor. To get them to middle class requires the economy to grow through mines and the expansion of living areas” (Hendrik)....   [tags: Ecology, Biodiversity, Economy, South Africa]
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Research on Animals and Biodiversity - ... Underwater the findings were recorded in a notebook along with photographs of the animal. All photographs were then processed within a laboratory and expanded so researchers could study the markings on each individual dolphin closer. The results of the research included one hundred and thirty five photo-ID pictures, which were compiled over one hundred and fifty eight research hours. A survey was held no farther than five days apart. The research showed that individual dolphins within the particular group stayed typically three lengths apart....   [tags: natural environments]
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Conservation and Economics: A Constant Struggle in the Past and Present A Mutual Relationship in the Future - Conquerors and competitors, that’s what humans and all animals are to a point; every living thing on Earth has one mission: survive and reproduce. The balance of the environment relies on this concept of constant competition, but this balance also has checks and controls if it is damaged or becomes unstable. Humans have developed to the point where they can completely exploit the environment however they want. There are no natural predators to control our population, we fight diseases with ground-breaking technology, and we replace native plants and animals with ones that fit our “needs” more suitably....   [tags: Economics ]
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Agathis Macrophylla: The Kauri Reserve on the Island of Erromango - The Kauri Reserve on the island of Erromango is an area rich in biodiversity and a hotspot for a range of endemic flora and fauna. Among the most charismatic is a species of mega-flora named Agathis macrophylla. This South Pacific tree species is highly valued for its ecologic, economic, and social significance. Therefore it has become the cornerstone of this conservation effort for the government of Vanuatu and the local people of Erromango. The reserve is situated in the southwestern portion of Erromango and has been identified as a critical component of Vanuatu’s terrestrial conservation effort through the Forestry and Protected Area Management (FPAM) project undertaken by Department of F...   [tags: biodiversity, pacific nations, flora, fauna]
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Water Recycling Reduces Drinking Water Scarcity - Water Recycling A Regional Administrator named Felicia Marcus once stated, “Water recycling is a critical element for managing our water resources.” Her statement symbolizes modern technological ideals to increase the reuse of water. Also known as water reclamation, water recycling is the process of extracting previously used water and treating it for reuse. Currently, modern technologies have allowed the application of recycled water to enter many different areas. Reclaimed water is cleaned and redistributed for land irrigation, to recharge ground water, for industrial applications (cooling the water for power plants and oil refineries), for toilet water, to irrigate golf courses and to...   [tags: Potable Water Conservation]
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Ocean Protection and Conservation - The oceans need to be protected because it is where life began and if not taken care of, life as we know it will end. When dangerous substances go into the ocean, ecosystems are suffer and become endangered along with lives of people and of marine life. Surfrider Foundation recognizes the importance of protecting and preserving the quality and biodiversity of the world's coasts because they are truly irreplaceable. There is also historical evidence of ocean pollution being present in the past, but the problem still lingers today....   [tags: Sea, Ocean Pollution]
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Devastating Effects of the Oleoducto de Crudos Pesados - Devastating Effects of the Oleoducto de Crudos Pesados Although relatively small in size, Ecuador is one of the most biologically diverse nations in the world. A drastic range of altitude and geographical diversity in such a small area has resulted in a high number of diverse climactic regions. Because of their very different climates and altitudes, Ecuador’s four main regions, the lowland Pacific Coast, the Andes Mountains, the Amazon rainforest, and the Galapagos Islands, are each home to a wide variety of plant and animal species....   [tags: Ecuador Environment Biodiversity Essays]
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Global Sea-Level Rising: Polar Ice Caps - The impact humans are having on mother Earth is increasing its effects with the rising of sea levels. Global warming is causing polar ice sheets to melt, which is a major cause of adding volume to our oceans. Furthermore, the troposphere thickens, due to greenhouse gases, increasing the amount of radioactive waves that causes the seawater to warm up, resulting in ocean expansion. Most climatologists are expecting a rise in oceans around the world to be between 1.5 and 5 ft by the end of this century.(Harkinson) Some members of our society feel that because climate change is not certain, they are not willing to make a difference to help....   [tags: Conservation ]
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The Natural Communities Conservation Planning (NCCP) Act of 1991 and California - The Natural Communities Conservation Planning (NCCP) Act of 1991 and California The Natural Communities Conservation Planning (NCCP) Act of 1991 was established by the California Legislature, is directed by the Department of Fish and Game, and is being implemented by the state, and public and private partnerships to protect habitat in California1. As opposed to the single species interpretation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), this act aims at protecting many species using a regional approach to habitat preservation....   [tags: Environment Nature Ecology Ecological Essays]
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Grazing Versus Ecosystem Conservation: Managed Grazing Techniques Must be Implemented - Grazing Versus Ecosystem Conservation: Managed Grazing Techniques Must be Implemented One of the major issues confronting western America is that of environmental conservation and protection versus agricultural essentials and needs. This issue includes the environmentalists' fight against herbicides and pesticides, reservoirs for irrigation water, and livestock grazing on public land. The controversy that this essay confronts will be that of the desire to use public land for livestock grazing versus the importance of preserving the rangeland ecosystem....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive]
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Nature Canada - NWA, MBSs and Marine Wildlife Areas under the important birds Areas program (IBA) which protect the most critical for the world’s birds. In Canada, Canadian Nature Federation and Bird Studies Canada have worked on IBA program. History of NWA-MBS Network: The Migratory Birds Convention Act (MBCA), passed by the federal Parliament in 1916 authorized the federal government to designate MBSs with a goal of protecting migratory birds against physical disturbance and hunting –the main threats to bird populations at the time....   [tags: Wildlife Areas, Biodiversity, Canada] 961 words
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The Endangered Species Act of 1973 - The Endangered Species Act of 1973 The Endangered Species Act of 1973 is one of the most powerful tools that environmentally concerned citizens have to preserve biodiversity. Specific categories that the Endangered Species Act (ESA) includes are the listing of "Threatened species", "Endangered species", and the designation of "critical habitat". When these categories are identified, it is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) which assumes the responsibility of enforcement. Development of recovery plans, Biological or Environmental Assessments, and the development of Habitat Conservation Plans are just some of the tasks for USFWS (Smallwood, et al,)....   [tags: Conservation Biology Wildlife Essays]
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Elephants Should be Protected - The official title of the world’s largest land dwelling animal belongs to the elephant, more specifically, the African elephant. Elephants are some of the most deadly animals, which increases the danger of human and elephant interactions. Increased human and elephant interactions lead to increased deaths of both humans and elephants. Surprisingly, these animals are socially apt. The trunk is used for more than just eating and drinking; it is used for socializing. They are complex animals who live in large familial herds....   [tags: Biodiversity, Mega Fauna]
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Biodiversity and Land Quality - Biodiversity and Land Quality Human society's progression through time has resulted in many environment-altering effects, particularly those brought about by industrialization and rapid population growth. The combination of increased numbers of humans and improved technology has created the need for better management of resources and transportation across the globe. This need has produced great leaps in infrastructure, such as roads and dams. However, the introduction of this infrastructure into the natural world has adversely affected the environment....   [tags: Infrastructure Biodiversity Essays]
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My PhD: The Conservation Biology of Shorebirds - The main direction of my PhD is to reveal why shorebirds are declining. I propose to use a combination of research methods (fieldwork, GIS, phylogenetic analyses), because learning these methods will be highly beneficial in my career as conservation biologist and academic. I have only decided about 3 papers, each should be suitable for a chapter. The direction of further chapters needs to be discussed as I go along. Chapter 1. Why are shorebirds declining. Comparative tests of intrinsic and extrinsic variables on threat status and population trends Shorebird (sandpipers, plovers, gulls and allies) populations are declining globally, driving many species to the brink of extinction (Zockler et...   [tags: PhD, proposals, Conservation Biology, animals,]
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The Endangered Species Act - The Endangered Species Act Introduction: Long-term survival of a species depends on its ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions (Murphy, 1994). Genetic diversity within a species, which has taken 3.5 billion years to evolve, makes adaptations to these changing environments possible. Unfortunately, the rate of extinction of genetically diverse organisms is rapidly increasing, thus reducing this needed biodiversity, largely due to the human impacts of development and expansion. What was an average of one extinction per year before is now one extinction per hour and extinct species numbers are expected to reach approximately one million by the year 2000 (WWW site, Bio 65)....   [tags: Environmental Conservation Wildlife Essays]
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Food Conservation - What is food. Food is any matter consumed to obtain nutritional sustenance for the living organisms. It may be of animal or plant origin, usually consisting of nutrients like carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. It is orally ingested and after passing through a series of processes involving enzymatic actions it is assimilated and the energy obtained is used by the organism to carry out processes like growth, maintenance of life and carrying out physical activities....   [tags: Conservation]
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Shipping and the Great Barrier Reef - Shipping and the Great Barrier Reef Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is an unparalleled marine ecosystem that holds rank as one of the world’s most valuable natural wonders. The abundance of sea life offers both intrinsic and physical benefits, but unfortunately this extraordinary habitat is now threatened from several different angles. One of the greatest threats to the GBR is the presence of popular shipping routes which surround and penetrate the reef. These ships naturally pollute the GBR, but the severest danger lies in the possibility of wrecks spilling oil or other hazardous cargos....   [tags: Trade Nature Conservation Ocean Papers]
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The Importance of Biodiversity - Introduction Biodiversity refers to wide diversity found in the living components of the earth which refers to the numerous varieties of flora and fauna including those of microorganisms too. The interaction of biotic and abiotic components of the ecosystem is very important aspect of life on earth. Biodiversity helps us to understand the variations among species and also how life originated on earth. Its study helps us to understand the inter-relationship between various forms of life and their adaptation to different conditions....   [tags: Ecosystems]
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Overview of Biodiversity - BIODIVERSITY Biodiversity is made up of two words that is biological and diversity. Biological word is related to life and diversity is linked with variations or changes. In simple terms, we can say that biodiversity means the variations in life. Biodiversity is defined as whole life that exists on earth planet including animals , plants, fungi and micro-organisms as well as the associations among them including their eco-system (IUCN, 2010). Classification of biodiversity The biodiversity can be of following types (Ontario Biodiversity Council, 2011):- 1.Genetic Biodiversity:- It includes variability occur between the genes among the different species....   [tags: eco-systems, variations, change]
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Biodiversity - Scientists are estimating that for at least 50,000 years and maybe longer, that man has been causing the extinctions of other species. However over the past 500 years, ecologists have noticed a meteoric rise in species loss; this modern mass extinction crisis is an indicator that the Earth is out of harmony. Species extinction is irreversible and should be taken a lot more seriously because if this deadly trend continues there is no stopping it. Anyone can help whether it is local, national, or even worldwide; management of biodiversity in our ecosystem is a intimidating task, but if one group can try to reduce their carbon footprint, or get involved in ecological initiatives such as, Vital...   [tags: Environmental Issues]
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Soil Erosion and Conservation - What is Soil Erosion. Erosion can be defined as the removal of soil particles by the motion of wind or water. Soil erosion is considered to be one of the major concerns of agriculture throughout the world today. The misuse of land, mismanagement of farm land, felling of trees, overgrazing, poor soil and water management are all practices that contribute to soil erosion. Erosion can cause a decline in soil fertility, water supply, and crop yields. Thus it affects the productivity of the land and decreases the production of food, feed, fiber, and fuel ("Soil erosion- causes," 1987)....   [tags: Erosion, Soil Particles, Wind, Water]
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The US Ocean Commission's Proposed Recommendations To Address the Health and Management of Our Oceans - In 2004 The US Ocean Commission proposed several critical recommendations to address the health and management of our oceans. These recommendations range from better organization of current management offices to education of the public on issues pertaining to oceans and coastal areas. The importance of healthy oceans, waterways, and coastal areas cannot be denied. As humans we rely on these areas for food, fuel, materials for various products, and recreation just to name a few. Aside from the human aspect the health of the earth’s oceans is also bound to the air and land....   [tags: Conservation]
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