Forests | VOL. 9, ISSUE 53, March-April 2009 |

Protecting the World’s Forests

Conservation is inbuilt in the lifestyles and beliefs of most indigenous peoples. In advanced civilizations, conservation began when rulers of countries set aside land for hunting or other royal recreation. However, structured conservation initiative is a fairly recent phenomenon. In fact, conservation with a view to protect a forest area only began in 1872 when the first national park in the world, Yellowstone was established in the north-western United States. As the American frontier ‘closed’, it became apparent that the...

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