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East of the Cape: Conserving Eden
|Foreword:||Professor Andrew Balmford, Cambridge University a leading conservation biologist of international repute, who spent six months living and travelling in Eden in the company of the authors.|
|Chapter 1:||Discovering Eden
Introduces Eden - its geography, natural history and its people, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the Industrial Age in South Africa.
|Chapter 2:||The peopling of Eden
Documents the successive waves of humans who have occupied Eden, starting with Early Stone Age people; then modern humans and their direct descendants, the hunter-gatherer Saan or Bushmen. 2000 years ago, the Khoekhoe herders, relatives of the Saan, entered from the north. The amaXhosa, a cattle-loving and crop-raising people of Nguni descent, penetrated Eden's eastern fringes in the early 1700s. At the same time, Dutch trekboers passed through Eden's western gateways. In 1820, the British arrived to settle the contested Zuurveld.
|Chapter 3:||Into the thick of it
Describes the plants, animals and habitats of Eden's endemic biome - subtropical thicket - the natural history focus of this book.
|Chapter 4:||Thicket at work
Delves into the workings of thicket: how the various plant types cope with the thicket's physical and biological environment; the key role played by large and small animals in maintaining thicket's health and appearance; and how thicket ecosystems work.
|Chapter 5:||The evolution of Eden
Tells the story of the evolution of Eden's physical and biological features - with the emphasis on thicket - by describing the forces that have shaped its scenery, fashioned its climate, and generated its plant and animal life.
|Chapter 6:||The human footprint
Documents and explains how the integrity of Eden's nature has been the compromised since the rise in the 1860s of the Industrial Age in South Africa, by discounting or ignoring the value of the services supplied to humans by healthy ecosystems; and how, despite 150 years of impact, the semi-arid and rugged nature of much of Eden - as well as a growing concern among some of its inhabitants for the depletion of natural resources - has ensured that some 72 per cent of the land remains in an ecologically healthy state.
|Chapter 7:||Back to the Garden
Provides a blueprint for conserving Eden for nature and for people, through the encouragement of ecologically sustainable land management throughout its realm.
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