Conclusion and Recommendations
Gordon W. Frankie, Alfonso Mata, and Katrina Brandon
IN ORDER TO SURVIVE, human beings must begin to consider the deterioration and destruction of natural resources as a capital loss, particularly for development and management options of future generations. Our choices are simple. Either we take care of our planet and its natural resources, or we continue to participate not only in our natural world's progressive deterioration but also in our self-destruction. The fundamental issue is that of appropriate environmental management, or in other words, how people can interact responsibly with nature. A friendly relation, nondestructive but sustainable, is something that must be accepted and adopted as a means of life and culture, and protecting and conserving nature is something that involves the whole of society. Thus, society needs to be informed about the potential and weaknesses of the environment in which humans live and work. The general scope of this book is to offer an interdisciplinary exploration, with an ecological basis, of Costa Rica's biodiversity and conservation focused in the tropical dry forest.
The biological, socioeconomic, cultural, and political knowledge presented in this volume suggests several general lessons for future projections on ecological restoration and biodiversity conservation. Interconnecting and underlying each of these lessons are the socioeconomic and political contexts that have developed around protected areas and the future of biodiversity conservation. In this final chapter we summarize the main biological and social lessons that are stated or, we believe, implied by the contributing authors. Where appropriate, we also include obvious recommendations for improvement on conserving biodiversity. The summary does not in any way suggest that individual lessons and recommendations pointed out in the various chapters are unimportant; they are all relevant and useful. We also looked for similarities in lessons that were shared with other