Place has emerged as a significant topic within conservation research and practice. The transformative changes connected to contemporary conservation are related to recognition of multi-scaled, social-ecological dynamics; emergent, multiscaled governance structures; and rising importance of place-specific meanings and local knowledge. These transformative changes are central to place-based conservation and closely tied to the social sciences. There is no singular approach to. placebased conservation; however there are ways to organize the complexity of related ideas. This chapter overviews the purpose of the book as a resource for researchers and practitioners to build the conceptual grounding for place-based conservation, including characterizations of the meaning of place, their relevance to conservation, and an explanation for the organization of the book.
Williams, Daniel R.; Stewart, William P.; Kruger, Linda E. 2013. The emergence of place-based conservation [Chapter 1]. In: Stewart, W. P.; Williams, D. R.; Kruger, L. E., eds. Place-based conservation: perspectives from the social sciences. Dordrecht, Germany: Springer Science+Business Media: 1-17.