Applied Ethnobotany: People, Wild Plant Use and Conservation

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Its wise and sensitive approach to working with local people will be relevant in situations throughout the world.' ECOS 'The numerous diagrams, tables of data, information flow charts, fieldwork sketches etc. give a great vibrancy to the work... It deserves a wide readership.' TEG News Wild or non-cultivated plants are crucial to the lives of a large portion of the world's population, providing low-cost building materials, fuel, food supplements, medicines, tools and sources of income. Despite their importance, their vulnerability to harvesting and other social impacts is not well understood. Applied Ethnobotany is the first practical guide to be published on how to manage wild plant species sustainably. This detailed manual on wild plant resources sets out the approaches and field methods involved in participatory work between conservationists, researchers and the primary resource users. Supported by extensive illustrations, it explains how local people can learn to assess the pressures on plant resources and what steps to take to ensure their continued availability. For all those involved in resource management decisions regarding plant species and diversity, and in particular those studying or working in conservation, rural development and park management, this guide is invaluable. Published with WWF, UNESCO and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

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Bois & Forets des tropiques
(This is the first practical guide to be published on how to manage wild plant species sustainably. This detailed manual on wild plant resources sets out the approaches and field methods involved in participatory work between conservationists, researchers and the primary resource users. Supported by extensive illustrations..For all those involved in resource management decisions regarding plant species and diversity, and in particular those studying or working in conservation, rural development and park management, this guide is invaluable.
British Ecological Society Bulletin
as well as acting as a manual, this book contains a great deal of information that will be of interest to anyone working with plants in the tropics..this volume contains a great deal of factual and practical information. This alone will be of great interest to plant ecologists, especially those working in the tropics. The socio-economic context into which this material is placed is an important aim of the book and one that anyone wishing to understand the complexities of sustainable management should appreciate. The author is to be congratulated on producing an informative and readable volume. Good value for money for those working on plants in tropical countries.
Journal of Ethnopharmacology
One of the book's most important strengths is the excellent didactical presentation of the material.. the numerous maps and other figures provide excellent visual material. The book can be highly recommended to anyone interested in the conservation and sustainable use of tropical landscapes and is particularly useful in the context of biological approaches.
Medicinal Plant Conservation
Supported by 97 excellent illustrations, 16 tables and 22 text boxes, it explains how local people can learn to assess the pressures on plant resources and what steps to take to ensure their continued availability. This guide is invaluable for all those involved in resource management decisions regarding plants and diversity, and in particular those studying or working in conservation, rural development and park management.
Plant Talk
excellent contribution to the science and practice of ethnobotany.. this new book fills a large and important gap by deliberately focusing on tools that will help researchers work within communities and resource managers to understand conservation priorities.
TEGNews
The numerous diagrams, tables of data, information flow charts, fieldwork sketches etc. give a great vibrancy to the work. It deserves a wide readership.
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Meet the Author

Anthony Cunningham works with People and Plants International (PPI), is a Senior Associate at CIFOR and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia. He is an ethnoecologist/applied ecologist who has focussed on the interface between local livelihoods, sustainable natural resource use and conservation. He has written many peer reviewed publications, including the book "Applied ethnobotany: people, wild plant use and conservation" (Earthscan, 2001) and has been the recipient of several awards, including the Sir Peter Scott Conservation award (1999) from IUCN and the E K Janakki medal (2003) for services to the field of ethnobotany.

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Table of Contents

Conservation and Context: Different Times, Different Views
• Local Inventories, Values and Quantities of Harvested Resources
• Settlement, Commercialization and Change
• Measuring Individual Plants and Assessing Harvesting Impacts
• Opportunities and Constraints on Sustainable Harvest: Plant Populations
• Landscapes and Ecosystems: Patterns, Processes and Plant Use
• Striving for Balance: Looking Outward and Inward
• Acronyms and Abbreviations
• Further Reading
• References
• Index

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