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Environment in History: International Perspectives
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Planning for the Planet
Environmental Expertise and the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, 1960–1980
274 pages, 16 illus., 1 table, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-298-4 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (July 2019)
eISBN 978-1-78920-299-1 eBook Not Yet Published
“Planning for the Planet gives an excellent account of the intricate political relations and negotiations of organizations such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. I very much enjoyed reading this book.” • Sabine Hoehler, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
During the 1960s and 1970s, rapidly growing environmental awareness and concern created unprecedented demand for ecological expertise and novel challenges for ecological advocacy groups such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). This book reveals how, despite their vast scientific knowledge and their attempts to incorporate socially relevant themes, IUCN experts inevitably struggled to make global schemes for nature conservation a central concern for UNESCO, UNEP and other intergovernmental organizations.
Simone Schleper works at Maastricht University, where she also obtained her doctorate. She held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz in 2018 and a visiting research fellowship at the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University in 2014.
Subject: Environmental Studies Postwar History
List of Figures and Tables
Introduction: Conserving Global Nature
Chapter 1. Old Hands, Pastures New: IUCN and the New Environmental Age
Chapter 2. Classifying Ecosystems: The International Biological Program, 1964–1974
Chapter 3. Expertise and Diplomacy: Systems Politics at the UN Stockholm Conference, 1972
Chapter 4. Nature’s Value: The Fault Lines behind the World Conservation Strategy, 1975–1980
Conclusion: IUCN and Environmental Expertise, 1960s–Today
Appendix: Expert Biographies
Harold Jefferson Coolidge Jr.
Edward Max Nicholson
Martin Edward Duncan Poore
Maurice Frederick Strong
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