Investing in the Unseen: Cases on Biodiversity Conservation
- About the Book
More than 200 protected areas dot the Philippine landscape. This book contains in-depth teaching cases that focus on the management and conservation of prominent protected areas such as Tubbataha Marine Park in Palawan, Olango Wildlife Sanctuary in Cebu, and Pujada Bay Seascape and Landscape in Davao Oriental. The cases capture ground realities that illustrate the dilemmas of conservation along with the plight of protected area managers across different management modalities namely, local, national, and corporate settings. Opportunities and challenges, such as funding scarcity, are presented, and the role of ecotourism is discussed. A financing model for protected areas is proposed. Life-long learners and professionals directly involved in biodiversity conservation will spot many ecological and operational sustainability lessons in the cases. Teachers and trainers steeped in the case method as teaching approach will find the cases a rich trove of materials for developing critical thinking that will enable the students to build superior strategies in the face of inferior and inadequate resources at their disposal. The strategies and practices in the cases, both orthodox and unorthodox, can serve as a guide to effective management not only in environmental conservation, but in other fields as well.
- About the Author(s)
Benjamin Bagadion, AuthorBenjamin C. Bagadion Jr. taught courses in sustainable development management at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) for 26 years, during which he also served a term as the undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He has published two other books, Windward: Steering Community-driven Projects for Environmental Protection (2006) and Bending the Wind: Lessons from Mt. Makiling: Empowering People for Natural Resources Management (1999). He also worked as a community organizers for farmers, fisherfolk, the urban poor, and sugar plantation workers, and advised numerous civil society organizations. He obtained Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University.