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Biodiversity Conservation in Costa Rica: Learning the Lessons in a Seasonal Dry Forest

Gordon Frankie

Abstract

The beautiful tropical dry forest of northwest Costa Rica, with its highly seasonal rainfall and diversely vegetated landscape, is disappearing even more rapidly than Costa Rica's better-known rain forest, primarily because it has been easier to convert to agriculture. This book offers a comprehensive look at the ecology, biodiversity, and conservation status of this endangered and fragile region. The chapters examine the major plant and animal groups living in the dry forest and present the first technical evaluation of Costa Rica's conservation efforts. As they assess the status of each area ... More

Keywords: Costa Rica, Central America, tropical dry forest, biodiversity, conservation, neotropical forests, ecology, environmental education, coastal management, plant phenology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520223097
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520223097.001.0001

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Gordon Frankie, editor

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Contents

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Chapter 1 Introduction

Alfonso Mata, and Jaime Echeverría

Part One Biodiversity and Ecological Studies

Section A. Costa Rican Dry Forest

Chapter 2 Flowering Phenology and Pollination Systems Diversity in the Seasonal Dry Forest

Gordon W. Frankie, William A. Haber, S. Bradleigh Vinson, Kamaljit S. Bawa, Peter S. Ronchi, and Nelson Zamora

Chapter 5 Tropical Dry-Forest Mammals of Palo Verde

Kathryn E. Stoner, and Robert M. Timm

Chapter 6 The Conservation Values of Bees and Ants in the Costa Rican Dry Forest

S. Bradleigh Vinson, Sean T. O’Keefe, and Gordon W. Frankie

Section B. Biotic Relationships with Other Costa Rican Forests

Chapter 10 Where the Dry Forest Feeds the Sea

José A. Vargas, and Alfonso Mata

Section C. Biotic Relationships with Other Geographical Areas

Chapter 15 Parque Marino Las Baulas

James R. Spotila, and Frank V. Paladino

Part Two Transferring Biodiversity Knowledge into Action

Chapter 18 Conflict Resolution

Gregory A. Giusti

Chapter 25 Conclusion and Recommendations

Gordon W. Frankie, Alfonso Mata, and Katrina Brandon