New books – June 2010

Here is a selected list of new titles that we have at Bioversity HQ Library.  Enjoy!


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Lawrence, A. (ed.) 2010. Taking stock of nature: participatory biodiversity assessment for policy, planning and practice. Cambridge (UK): Cambridge University Press. xii, 290 p. : ill. ISBN: 978-0-521-87681-0.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.

In a world of increasing demands for biodiversity information, participatory biodiversity assessment and monitoring is becoming more significant. Whilst other books have focused on methods, or links to conservation or development, this book is written particularly for policy makers and planners. Introductory chapters analyze the challenges of the approach, the global legislation context, and the significance of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Specially commissioned case studies provide evidence from 17 countries, by 50 authors with expertise in both biological and social sciences. Ranging from community conservation projects in developing countries to amateur birdwatching in the UK, they describe the context, objectives, stakeholders and processes, and reflect on the success of outcomes. Rather than advocating any particular approach, the book takes a constructively critical look at the motives, experiences and outcomes of such approaches, with cross-cutting lessons to inform planning and interpretation of future participatory projects and their contribution to policy objectives.

Call No: 574.2

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Meng, E.C.H. ; Brennan, J.P. (eds.) 2009. Economic analysis of diversity in modern wheat. Enfield (USA): Science Publishers. xii, 192 p. ISBN: 978-1-57808-575-0.

Scientific breeding in the twentieth century greatly accelerated wheat’s evolution, producing high-yielding varieties that helped avoid famine in many developing countries. Emerging scientific tools hold promise for identifying and tapping new, useful genetic diversity within wheat’s primary and secondary gene pools and, through genetic engineering, beyond.
The book describes generally how policies affect wheat genetic diversity; it looks at historical changes in wheat genetic diversity, as policy and priorities have evolved; it identifies factors that explain changes and differences in spatial diversity; and finally, it analyzes the productivity impacts of changes in diversity. Chapters define various types of crop genetic diversity and ways to measure them, framing the definitions and metrics in the contexts for which they are most relevant.

Call No: 338.439 M 52

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United Nations Environment Programs; World Conservation Monitoring Centre. 2009. Review of the literature on the links between biodiversity and climate change: impacts, adaptation and mitigation.  CBD Technical series 42. Montreal (Canada): Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. 124 p. ISSN: 92-9225-135-X.

Call No: 551.583 U1

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van Kuijk, M.; Putz, F.E.; Zagt, R. 2009. Effects of forest certification on biodiversity. Wageningen (The Netherlands): Tropenbos International. xi, 94 p. ISBN: 978-90-5113-090-4.

Call No: 634.99 V32

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Roe, D.; Elliott, J. (eds.) 2010. The Earthscan reader in poverty and biodiversity conservation.  London (UK): Earthscan. xviii, 397 p. ISBN: 978-1-84407-843-1.

In the last decade biodiversity loss and persistent poverty in developing countries have been recognised as major international problems that require urgent attention. However, the nature and scale of the links between these two problems, and between efforts to address them, has been the subject of much heated debate. Understanding the different elements of this debate is critical if we are to move towards constructive solutions.

This Reader provides a guide to, and commentary on, the different strands of the current conservation-poverty debate through a selection of key readings from both the conservation and development literature including policy documents, journal articles and reports. The breadth of material will help readers, including both students and professionals, to locate current debates within their wider contexts.

Among the areas of debate covered are:

” The lack of attention to biodiversity concerns in international development policy
” The social implications of protectionist conservation policy
” The roles and responsibilities of conservation NGOs towards local communities
” The links between climate change, biodiversity and poverty reduction, and in particular the implication of discussions around reduced emissions from deforestation (REDD) as a climate change mitigation strategy.

Call No: 574.3 R62

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Appanah, S.; Mansur, E.; Krezdorn, R. (eds.) FAO, Bangkok (Thailand). Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific; German Technical Cooperation (Viet Nam). 2009. Strategies and financial mechanisms for sustainable use and conservation of forests: experiences from Latin America and Asia: Proceedings of an Inter-Regional Workshop, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 20-22 November 2006.  RAP Publication (FAO) No.2009/21. Rome: FAO. vi, 132 p. ISBN: 978-92-5-106463-4.

In the last two decades, interest in financing sustainable forest management has been gathering momentum. However, most of the approaches have yet to be mainstreamed, and remain either as ideas or experimental in the Asia-Pacific region. On the other hand, some countries, particularly those in Latin America, have seen more innovative ideas already being implemented. What are the circumstances and why is the momentum greater in that part of the world? It is worth exploring. It is equally important to evaluate the work in Asia – who is doing what – to make the information more readily available and to share experiences which would help strengthen the initiatives. This book documents and compares developments in the two regions, and assesses some of the ongoing developments in financing sustainable forest management. Their experiences and analyses should be of interest to practitioners everywhere concerned with sustainable forest management.

Call No: 630.6 A4

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Shu, Q.Y. (ed.) FAO, Rome (Italy); IAEA, Vienna (Austria). 2009. Induced plant mutations in the genomics era.  Rome (Italy): FAO/IAEA. 458 p., col. illus. ISBN: 978-92-5-106324-8.

Call No: 631.528 Sh9

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von Braun, J.; Vargas Hill, R.; Pandya-Lorch, R. (eds.) 2009. The poorest and hungry: assessment, analyses, and actions: an IFPRI 2020 book. Washington D.C. (USA): International Food Policy Research Institute. xv, 584 p. ISBN: 978-0-89629-660-2.

This book is not focused on poverty per se but rather is focused on looking particularly at those most deprived in society. It is this focus on the poorest and hungry people that is the major contribution of this volume. Relatively little is known about people living in extreme deprivation. Who are the poorest of the poor and those most afflicted by hunger? Who are those who are left behind or out of poverty and hunger reduction processes? Why is poverty so persistent in some places and among some people? What are the key pathways out of ultra poverty and hunger? Which strategies, policies, and interventions have been successful in eradicating ultra poverty and hunger so far? In addition, the book features essays by leading policymakers and practitioners who share their views on these key issues and thereby contribute to the diversity of perspectives presented.

Call No: 338.439 V89

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Slootweg, e.; Rajvanshi, A.; Mathur, V. B.; Kolhoff, A. 2009. Biodiversity in environmental assessment: enhancing ecosystem service for human well-being. Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation. Cambridge (UK): Cambridge University Press. xviii, 437 p. ISBN: 978-0-521-71655-0.

Human induced development activities are introduced with insufficient attention to their consequences for our living environment, even in cases where environmental assessments have been carried out. This apparent lack of attention to biodiversity in environmental assessment is rooted in the difficulties we have in adequately addressing biodiversity within the scope, time frame and budget allocated for assessments. This book provides a conceptual background and practical approaches to overcome these difficulties. It integrates the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity, its ecosystem approach, and the conceptual framework of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment into a comprehensive approach to biodiversity in environmental assessment. It highlights the need to consider the value of biodiversity based on its use by each stakeholder, addresses the importance of both social and economic development to reach the Millennium Development Goals, and provides insights into ways to balance present and future needs.

Call No: 574.3 Slo1

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Stolon, S; Dudley, N. (eds.) 2010. Arguments for protected areas: multiple benefits for conservation and use. London (UK): Earthscan. xxii, 273 p.; ill. ISBN: 978-1-84407-881-3.

Most protected areas (e.g.national parks and nature reserves) have been created to protect wildlife and land – and seascape values. They currently cover over 13 per cent of the world’s land surface, around 12 per cent of marine coastal areas and 4 per cent of the marine shelf. Retaining and expanding these areas in the future will depend on showing their wider benefits for society. This book provides a concise and persuasive overview of the values of protected areas. Contributing authors from over fifty countries examine a wide range of values that are maintained in protected areas, including food, water and materials; health; tourism; cultural and spiritual values; and, buffering capacity against climate change and natural disasters. The book also considers the role of protected areas in poverty reduction strategies, their relationship with traditional and indigenous people and in fostering conflict resolution through peace parks initiatives. The chapters draw on a series of authoritative reports published by WWF over recent years under the ‘Arguments for Protection’ banner, in association with various partners, and on additional research carried out especially for the volume. It analyses the opportunities and limitations of protected areas for supplying the various values along with practical advice for planners and managers about maximising benefits. It provides an important contribution to the debate about the role of protected areas in conservation and other aspects of natural resource management and human livelihoods.

Call No: 502.211 Sto6

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Robinson, D.F. 2010. Confronting biopiracy: challenges, cases and international debates. London (UK): Earthscan. xvi, 190 p. ISBN: 978-1-84407-722-9.

The book synthesises the rise of the issue and increasing use of the term by activists and negotiators in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to form a critical understanding of the themes, implications and politics of biopiracy. Taking a case-study based approach, derived from interviews and fieldwork with researchers, government, industry, local farmers, healers and indigenous people, the author sequentially documents events that have occurred in biopiracy and bioprospecting controversies. Implications and ethical dilemmas are explored, particularly relating to work with local communities, and the power relations entailed. Detailing international debates from the WTO, CBD and other fora in an accessible manner, the book provides a unique overview of current institutional limitations and suggests ways forward. Options and solutions are suggested which are relevant for local communities, national governments, international negotiators, NGO and interest groups, researchers and industry.

Call No: 347.77 R53

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Lobell, D.; Burke, M. (eds.) 2010. Climate change and food security: adapting agriculture to a warmer world. Advances in global change research 37. London (UK): Springer. 201 p. ISBN: 978-90-481-2951-5.

This book aims to resolve some of the controversy by exploring and comparing the different methodologies and data that scientists use to understand climate’s effects on food security. In explains the nature of the climate threat, the ways in which crops and farmers might respond, and the potential role for public and private investment to help agriculture adapt to a warmer world. This broader understanding should prove useful to both scientists charged with quantifying climate threats, and policy-makers responsible for crucial decisions about how to respond. The book is especially suitable as a companion to an interdisciplinary undergraduate or graduate level class.

Call No: 551.583 L78

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Sajise, P.E.; Ticsay, M.V.; Saguiguit, Jr G.C. (eds.) Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture; Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. 2010. Moving forward: Southeast Asian perspectives on climate change and biodiversity. Inernational Conference-Workshop on Bioversity and Climate Change in Southeast Asia : Adapation and Mitigation, (2008 : Manila, Philippines). Singapore (PHI): ISEAS. xxxviii, 259 p.; ill. ISBN: 978-981-230-977-8.

Climate change is a global phenomenon that is being experienced by all levels of society, regardless of race and species, and in all types of ecosystems, regardless of geographic location. It will have diverse effects on biodiversity which will directly impact on food security, water supply, and livelihood among others, especially for the poor and more vulnerable sectors of human society. More importantly, all forms of life including human society are trying their best to adapt and survive. This book explores the two-way link between climate change and the state of biodiversity in Southeast Asia. By drawing on the experiences and lessons shared by representatives from research and development agencies, academic institutions, donors, and other organizations; and the crosscutting issues contributed by experts, this book aims to provide insights, lessons, and perspectives on how Southeast Asia is dealing with these twin concerns. This book is invaluable to all who are interested in assessing research gaps, identifying future research areas, drafting effective policy agenda, and implementing critical activities at the community, national, and international levels.

Call No: 551.583:574.1 Sa2

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Geissler, C.A.; Powers, H.J. 2009. Fundamentals of human nutrition: for students and practitioners in the health sciences. London (UK): Elsevier. x, 314 p.ill. ISBN: 978-443-069972-7.

Fundamentals of Human Nutrition is an authoritative overview that will help you understand the complex subject of human nutrition. This book is a digest of material from the highly successful Human Nutrition 11th edition.

Call No: 613.2 G33


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Title: Food Security

The Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food

Publisher: Springer
Frequency: Q
Languages: (En)
Holdings: 2009- ; 1-
Location: Serials Collection


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