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Darwin, Darwinism and Conservation in the Galapagos Islands

Darwin, Darwinism and Conservation in the Galapagos Islands

The Legacy of Darwin and its New Applications

by Diego Quiroga and Ana Sevilla
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Publication Date: 16/06/2018
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The book explores how Darwins legendary and mythologized visit to the Galapagos affected the socioecosystems of the Islands, as well as the cultural and intellectual traditions of Ecuador and Latin America. It highlights in what way the connection between Darwin and the Galapagos has had real, enduring and paradoxical effects in the Archipelago. This Twenty Century construct of the Galapagos as the cradle of Darwin's theory and insights triggered not only the definition of the Galapagos as a living natural laboratory but also the production of a series of conservation practices and the reshaping of the Galapagos as a tourism destination with an increasingly important flow of tourists that potentially threaten its fragile ecosystems. The book argues that the idea of a Darwinian living laboratory has been limited by the success of the very same constructs that promote its conservation. It suggests critical interpretations of this paradox by questioning many of the dichotomies that have been created to understand nature and its conservation. We also explore some possible ways in which Darwin's ideas can be used to better understand the social and natural threats facing the Islands and to develop sustainable and successful management practices.
ISBN:
9783319816654
9783319816654
Category:
Conservation of the environment
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
16-06-2018
Publisher:
Springer International Publishing AG
Country of origin:
Switzerland
Pages:
164
Dimensions (mm):
235x155x10mm
Weight:
0.28kg

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