Biodiversity Conservation in Costa Rica: Learning the by Gordon W. Frankie, Alfonso Mata, S. Bradleigh Vinson

By Gordon W. Frankie, Alfonso Mata, S. Bradleigh Vinson

The appealing tropical dry woodland of northwest Costa Rica, with its hugely seasonal rainfall and diversely vegetated panorama, is disappearing much more swiftly than Costa Rica's better-known rain wooded area, basically since it has been more uncomplicated to transform to agriculture. This ebook, according to greater than thirty years of analysis, bargains the 1st accomplished examine the ecology, biodiversity, and conservation prestige of this endangered and fragile zone. The members, from Costa Rica, Britain, Mexico, and the U.S., and representing the fields of ecology, environmental schooling, coverage, and the legislations, study the most important plant and animal teams dwelling within the dry woodland and current the 1st technical assessment of Costa Rica's conservation efforts.

As they examine the prestige in their quarter of uniqueness within the dry woodland, the members additionally glance past this actual zone to teach how its crops and animals are ecologically and evolutionarily hooked up to different geographic parts in Costa Rica and significant the US. Their chapters conceal issues reminiscent of watershed and coastal administration, plant phenology, pollination, bugs, birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. in addition they ponder the socioeconomic, coverage, criminal, and political points of biodiversity conservation, giving the quantity a wide-ranging point of view and creating a particular contribution to our wisdom of the tropical dry woodland. The e-book concludes with a massive synthesis of the individuals' tips about destiny instructions, regulations, and activities that might larger preserve biodiversity in Costa Rica and different neotropical forests as well.

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Slightly more than 50 percent of all pollination systems were bees. Further, they recognized five different bee systems, which they described in some detail. The beetle system was the second most common (20%), followed by two general insect systems (17%). 5%). Together, these four major systems made up 95 percent of the known pollination systems in this forest. POLLINATION IN THE CHANGING DRY FOREST OF COSTA RICA Given that dry-forest plant communities show definite reproductive structure from a pollination F L O W E R I N G P H E N O L O G Y A N D P O L L I N AT I O N S Y S T E M S 25 frankie chap 02 8/20/03 7:48 PM Page 26 perspective, one must wonder how this structure will endure present and future human disturbances (see also Johnson and Steiner 2000 and references therein).

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