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1 photo, 39 illustrations
For most, “conservation” conjures the notion of minimizing human presence on wildlands to avoid harmful impacts. But too often, this defensive approach has pitted local communities against conservationists, wasting opportunities for collaboration and setting the stage for ongoing conflict. One conservation approach turns that paradigm on its head, and instead connects conservation with the well-being of human communities, setting both up for success. Called “Full Nature,” this approach—pioneered by conservationist Ignacio Jiménez—seeks to promote fully functional natural landscapes that are tied to the basic needs of the communities in their midst. They become a self-sustaining cycle, where nature and people are integrated ecologically, socially, and politically.
Effective Conservation is based on Jiménez’s experience managing conservation projects on three continents over thirty years. Jiménez offers a pragmatic approach to conservation that puts the focus on working with people—neighbors, governments, politicians, businesses, media—to ensure they have a long-term stake in protecting and restoring parks and wildlife. Jiménez guides readers through the practical considerations of designing, analyzing, and managing effective conservation programs. Chapters explore intelligence gathering, communication, planning, conflict management, and evaluation techniques, and include numerous text boxes showcasing examples of successful conservation projects from all continents. A companion website (islandpress.org/effective-conservation) includes additional case studies, expanded texts, and links to additional resources.
This highly readable manual, newly translated into English after successful Spanish and Portuguese editions, provides a groundbreaking and time-proven formula for successful conservation projects around the world that bring together parks, people, and nature.
"An extraordinary book…. A coherent, insightful, easily understood manual for designing and managing conservation projects specific to local development situations…. It will become a classic reference in the years to come."
"Effective Conservation is a useful book—rich in cases illustrating how it can be done in the face of opposition and the inertia of endless growth…. This is a book that belongs in every conservation practitioners’ library, in grad school classes and programs, and in NGOs."
"A highly readable manual that provides a groundbreaking and time-proven formula for successful conservation projects around the world that bring together parks, people, and nature …. Effective Conservation: Parks, Rewilding, and Local Development is an ideal and practical combination of instructional guide and 'how to' manual that is highly recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Environmental & Conservation collections."
Midwest Book Review
"Throughout, what will particularly interest field naturalists, are very brief descriptions of efforts to restore endangered species and the longer outlines of back-from-the-brink case histories…. Important points are made throughout this important book, all of which are worth thinking about right now."
Canadian Field Naturalist
"Rewilding, conflict management, participation, intelligence, leadership, and the strategies, techniques, and skills not taught at university are combined with some of the best examples of effective conservation on the planet. This book is going to become, without a doubt, an essential manual for twenty-first-century conservationists."
Deli Saavedra, Regional Manager for Rewilding Europe
"There are many books on conservation calling for action that no one heeds. Effective Conservation is different. Ignacio Jiménez has spent his life on conservation’s front line, making it happen and studying the success and setbacks of others. The lessons he has learned are in this invaluable guidebook to action. Please read it."
David Johns, Cofounder of Wildlands Network, of Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, and of Conservation Biology Institute
"Effective Conservation is a practical manual for hopeful action on behalf of life on Earth—an exploration of what has worked, what has not worked, and the lessons learned from failures."
Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, President and Cofounder, Tompkins Conservation
"Ignacio Jiménez has wonderfully succeeded in distilling his vast on-the-ground conservation experience and presenting lessons for future conservation in a highly readable way. The Full Nature approach to conservation lays out a formula for successful, cooperative conservation."
Susan G. Clark, Yale University
"Effective Conservation documents, with world-wide examples, the pressing social, political, and economic dimensions of protecting and restoring the environment upon which the future of humankind depends. Everyone concerned about the relentless destruction of nature must read this profound volume about how best to confront the challenges of conserving our imperiled biological diversity."
George Schaller, author of The Year of the Gorilla, The Last Panda, and Tibet Wild
"Effective Conservation is a close-up look at modern wildlife restoration as practiced in the extraordinarily successful programs of Tompkins Conservation. The main part of the book is a practical and highly readable manual for science-based wildlife restoration skillfully written by Ignacio Jiménez and with world-wide examples. This is dramatic ground-breaking conservation. It consists of innovation, inspired motivation, on-site promotion and support despite personal loss. The clarity of the book’s science is also a significant achievement in itself. In sum, it brings together fascinating science, but also personal resolution in a real-life conservation science manual."
William Conway, former Director and President of Wildlife Conservation Society
A Note about the English Edition
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Full Nature
Chapter 3. The Method
Chapter 4. Promotion: Basic Concepts
Chapter 5: Promotion: Tools and Practicalities
Chapter 6. Intelligence
Chapter 7. Planning and Norming
Chapter 8. Management of Natural Areas
Chapter 9. Conflict Management
Chapter 10. Evaluation and Renewal
Chapter 11. Organizations
Chapter 12. Conclusions
About the Author
Ignacio Jiménez has managed conservation projects on three continents over 30 years, pioneering an approach to conservation he calls “Full Nature” that seeks to integrate the ecological health of a region with the health of human communities.
Join the Smart Growth Network at 1:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, March 31, as Jiménez discusses his book, Effective Conservation, and explains how rewilding techniques can preserve endangered species and protect communities by promoting fully functional natural landscapes that are tied to the basic needs of the communities in their midst.
Participants of the live webinar are eligible for 1.5 AICP CM credits (live attendance required).
Join us for a virtual discussion with conservationist and author Ignacio Jiménez about his book Effective Conservation: Parks, Rewilding, and Local Development. This event will be hosted and moderated by Wildlands Network Conservation Programs Director Juan Carlos Bravo and will be held in English. For the Spanish language version of this event, click here.
About This Event
As Wildlands Network makes strides toward our holistic vision of connectivity for North America, we recognize that conservation progress can look very different between Mexico, the United States, and Canada. But some practices hold true across political borders and cultures: big picture-thinking, fostering a broad base of support, bringing together expert knowledge from a variety of sources.
Effective Conservation is based on Ignacio Jiménez’s extensive experience managing conservation projects on three continents over thirty years. This includes coordinating the largest wildlife reintroduction program in the Americas, in Argentina, which has returned extirpated jaguars, green-winged macaws, and giant anteaters among other species to their native habitat.
In his book, Jiménez offers a pragmatic approach to conservation that puts the focus on working with people—neighbors, governments, politicians, businesses, media—to ensure they have a long-term stake in protecting and restoring parks and wildlife. Originally published in Spanish, Effective Conservation is brought to you in English by Wildlands Network's longtime publishing partner Island Press, and provides a groundbreaking and time-proven formula for successful conservation projects around the world.
Únete a nosotros para una conversación virtual con el conservacionista y autor Ignacio Jiménez sobre su libro Effective Conservation: Parks, Rewilding, and Local Development. Este evento será presentado y moderado en español por el Director de Programas de Conservación de Wildlands Network, Juan Carlos Bravo. Para la versión en inglés, haz clic aquí.
Sobre este evento
A medida que Wildlands Network avanza hacia nuestra visión holística de conectividad para Norteamérica, reconocemos que el progreso de la conservación puede ser muy diferente entre México, Estados Unidos y Canadá. Sin embargo, algunas prácticas son válidas más allá de las fronteras políticas y culturas: el pensamiento global, el fomento de una amplia base de apoyo y la reunión de conocimientos especializados de diversas fuentes.
Effective Conservation se basa en la amplia experiencia de Ignacio Jiménez en la gestión de proyectos de conservación en tres continentes durante treinta años. Esto incluye la coordinación del mayor programa de reintroducción de vida silvestre en las Américas, en Argentina, que ha devuelto a su hábitat nativo jaguares extirpados, guacamayos de alas verdes y osos hormigueros gigantes, entre otras especies.
En su libro, Jiménez ofrece un enfoque pragmático de la conservación que se centra en el trabajo con las personas -vecinos, gobiernos, políticos, empresas, medios de comunicación- para garantizar que tengan un interés a largo plazo en la protección y restauración de los parques y la vida silvestre. Publicado originalmente en español, Effective Conservation está presentado en inglés con el apoyo de Island Press, (socio editorial de Wildlands Network desde hace muchos años), y ofrece una fórmula innovadora para el éxito de los proyectos de conservación en todo el mundo.
Read Chapter 2: Full Nature below or download it here.
Read the annotated table of contents here.
Additional web-only chapter materials are available here and below.