A Gift of Nature; 20 Years of Conservation and Photography

A retrospective of CEMEX’s 20 years of publication.  The book includes excerpts and essays from all the previous books as well as new insights, testimonials and photographs.

Introduction by Dr. Russell A. Mittermeier

Foreword by Lorenzo Zambrano, CEO of CEMEX

Series Editor Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier

Year of Publication 2012

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OCEANS; Heart of our Blue Planet

Oceans: Heart of Our Blue Planet, the 19th volume in the CEMEX Conservation Book Series, looks at the many ways in which all life on Earth depends on a healthy ocean and analyzes the many threats facing its integrity and the welfare of the thousands of people and species that live in and near marine environments. More importantly, this lavishly illustrated book helps connect the dots for why human survival on Earth is directly linked to the ocean and offers innovative and creative solutions to those threats by some of the most respected and forward-thinking marine scientists.

Humankind ventured forth upon the sea in boats, at first tentatively hugging the shoreline but eventually venturing across long distances of open water to colonize the whole planet. As we learn more about our planet’s oceans and their enormous influence on climate, freshwater cycling, food security and human health, we will be better prepared to create policies that protect ocean landscapes and services that are critical to human societies.

With a moving foreword written by HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, Oceans: Heart of Our Blue Planet, includes 7 chapters by influential marine scientists lead by Dr. Greg Stone and Dr. Russell A. Mittermeier of Conservation International. The authors, who represent some of the world’s most prestigious ocean conservation and research institutions, including The New England Aquarium, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Geographic, Old Dominion University, Wildlife Conservation Society, Coastal Oceans Research and Development in the Indian Ocean, and Code Blue present a comprehensive picture of what is happening to our world’s oceans. They go a step further to identify specific seascapes where the ground is being laid for policy and management practices that will ensure better marine governance among the various countries that have sovereign rights to those marine resources.

Text by Gregory S. Stone, Russell A. Mittermeier, Octavio Aburto-Oropeza, Claudio Campagna, Kent E. Carpenter, Laurence P. Madin, David Obura, Enric Sala, Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier, Sebastian Troeng and Peter A. Seligmann.

Foreword by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Series Editor: Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier.

Year of Publication 2010

 

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FRESHWATER, The Essence of Life

Fresh Water: The Essence of Life is a beautifully and sometimes starkly depicted look at the current state of Earth’s freshwater ecosystems. A variety of authors, as well as dozens of the world’s most accomplished photogoraphers, tell us a story we may feel uncomfortable hearing: Earth’s freshwater supply and systems are in serious peril. We may carry on as if it was “business as usual”, but to do so is at our own risk. It will lead certainly to the detriment of the generations to follow.

The latest publication in the CEMEX Conservation Book Series will alert readers to key issues concerning freshwater: its resources, its uses (and abuses), and its future. With precise scientific analysis, Freshwater: The Essence of Life presents a detailed and thoughtful explanation of these issues and discusses possible resolutions to them.

Text by Russell A. Mittermeier, Tracy A. Farrell, Ian J. Harrison, Amy J. Upgren, Thomas M. Brooks.
Series editor: Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier

Foreword by Dr. Luc Hoffman, Vice President Emeritus, WWF

Year of Publication, 2009

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THE WEALTH OF NATURE; Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity and Human Well-Being

We care for what we know… To inspire, educate and foster conservation of Earth’s biodiversity The Wealth of Nature, is a celebration nature’s ecological services and demonstrates in detail how they contribute to our health, economic prosperity, and cultural values. Hundreds of stunning original, full-color photographs and over twenty data-rich essays from some of the most highly-regarded specialists in conservation today, are compiled in this publication to offer a detailed, value-driven explanation of the various ecosystem services – clean water, fresh air, medicines and climate regulation – that support, regulate and provide all natural processes and give humans cultural context. The book explains how these services have enabled our existence on Earth and why their future – and ours – are at risk. It is not just a celebration, but also a call to arms for us to stop undercutting the life that sustains us. CEMEX, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Conservation International (CI), the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) and The Wild Foundation have worked together to complete this 17th title in the CEMEX Conservation Book Series.
Text by Russell A. Mittermeier, Jeffrey McNeely, Fred Boltz, Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier
Editor Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier
Foreword by  Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General
Year of Publication 2009
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A CLIMATE FOR LIFE; Facing the Global Challenge

We care for what we know… To inspire, educate and foster conservation of Earth’s biodiversity A Climate for Life celebrates the biodiversity of planet Earth, and is a call to action to preserve it. This book focuses on the most important challenges facing life on our planet. Ten chapters written by Conservation International scientists cover the foremost issues concerning biodiversity and climate change. Solutions to the challenges of climate change lie in our hands, and are cogently presented in chapters on renewable energies, biofuels, and increasing energy efficiencies. The chapters are powerfully illustrated with images by some of the world’s foremost photographers.
This edition was developed together with Conservation International and the International League of Conservation Photographers, also with the participation of the following NGOs: The Wild Foundation, Humane Society International, and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).
Text by Russell A. Mittermeier, Michael Totten, Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier
Editor Cristina Mittermeier
Year of Publication 2008
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Birds and People

Birds and People: Bonds in a Timeless Journey unfolds the history of our relationship with the most colourful and familiar of the groups of organisms we share our planet with. A portfolio drawn from the world’s greatest bird photographers drives the message of this book home. The book is split into five chapters looking at all aspects of human’s relationship with birds. �It presents the ways birds have been of value to us down the millenia: spiritual, decorative, inspirational, practical, nutritional, agricultural, economic and environmental, helping us with communications, navigation, and survival (in so many ways).
Birds and People is a celebration of our relationship with birds and the joy that they bring us. This edition was developed together with Agrupacion Sierra Madre and BirdLife International.
Editor Patricio Robles Gil
Year of publication, 2007
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TRANSBOUNDARY CONSERVATION, A New Vision for Protected Areas

Transboundary Conservation: A New Vision for Protected Areas, describes in detail new strategies of shared environmental responsibility for keeping important wilderness areas intact even across national borders. Stunningly illustrated, the book focuses on 29 transboundary parks around the world, from the El Carmen-Big Bend in North America (located between Texas, US and Coahuila, Mexico) to Southern Africa’s Okavango-Zambezi “Four Corners” Transboundary Conservation Area.
The book was produced in collaboration with the World Conservation Union (IUCN), the Wild Foundation and the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Text by Trevor Sandwith, IUCN (WCPA)
Year of publication, 2006
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THE HUMAN FOOTPRINT

The Human Footprint is a journey to discover what the human footprint means for our planet’s biodiversity and for humanity’s well being, and more importantly, what we can all do to turn the human footprint from a destructive force into one of hope for all life on the Earth. The book combines state of the art science and riveting photography to illustrate humankind’s impact on the planet.

Text by Eric W. Sanderson, WCS

Editor Patricio Robles Gil

Year of Publication 2006

Foreword by Jared Diamond

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WILDLIFE SPECTACLES

With stunning images from award winning photographers and research from more than 20 conservation organizations, Wildlife Spectacles presents animal congregations and migrations.
A key fact this book presents is that 90% of a particular species population can be found on a single site and this greatly increases its vulnerability. With this book we aim to help define and protect the biological corridors used by several animal species around the planet.
Text by Russell A. Mittermeier, Roderic B. Mast
Editor Patricio Robles Gil
Foreword by William G. Conway, WCS
Year of publication, 2003
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THE RED BOOK, The Extinction Crisis, Face to Face

The Red Book takes us on a journey -illustrated with numerous examples- through the controversial universe of species extinction since geological times to modern ecosystem alterations, and the unfortunate disappearance of entire biological communities.
Showcasing impressive images of flora and fauna at risk and the advise of scientists that have studied these species, the book was produced in collaboration with The Species Survival Commission (SSC) of The World Conservation Union (IUCN).
Year of publication, 2002
Editor Patricio Robles Gil
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