Reintegrating Fragmented Landscapes

Towards Sustainable Production and Nature Conservation

  • Richard J. Hobbs
  • Denis A. Saunders
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. R. J. Hobbs, D. A. Saunders
      Pages 3-9
    3. W. M. McArthur
      Pages 10-22
    4. Barbara York Main
      Pages 23-62
  3. Landscape Disintegration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. R. J. Hobbs, D. A. Saunders, L. A. Lobry De Bruyn, A. R. Main
      Pages 65-106
    3. R. A. Nulsen
      Pages 107-145
    4. D. J. McFarlane, R. J. George, P. Farrington
      Pages 146-186
  4. Landscape Reintegration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. E. C. Lefroy, J. Salerian, R. J. Hobbs
      Pages 209-244
    3. A. Kubicki, C. Denby, M. Stevens, A. Haagensen, J. Chatfield
      Pages 245-278
    4. R. J. Hobbs, D. A. Saunders, A. R. Main
      Pages 279-296
  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-297
    2. R. J. Hobbs, D. A. Saunders
      Pages 299-309
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 311-332

About these proceedings


Social historians will look back on the 1980s as a period when a global consciousness of the environment developed. Stimulated by major issues and events such as oil and chemical spills, clearing of rainforests, pollu­ tion of waterways, and, towards the end of the decade, concern over the greenhouse effect, concern for the environment has become a major social and political force. Unfortunately, the state of the environment and its future manage­ ment are still very divisive issues. Often, at a local level, concern for the environment is the antithesis of development. The debate usually focusses on the possible negative environmental impacts of an activity versus the expected positive economic impacts. It is a very difficult task to integrate development and conservation, yet it is towards this objec­ tive that the sustainable development debate is moving. The issues in the central wheatbelt of Western Australia are typical of the environment versus development debate. It is undoubted that the development of the area, which involved clearing the native vegetation, has had a major impact upon the original ecosystems. Many of the natural habitats are threatened and local extinction of flora and fauna species is a continuing process. Moreover, there are clear signs that land degradation processes such as dryland salinity are depleting the land resource.


development ecology landscape ecology nature conservation production vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard J. Hobbs
    • 1
  • Denis A. Saunders
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Wildlife and Ecology — PerthCSIRO AustraliaLMB4, P.O. MidlandAustralia

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