Conservation of Neotropical Forests: Working from Traditional Resource Use / Edition 1

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The destruction of tropical forests is intimately intertwined with the fate of the rural poor who rely on this resource for their livelihood. Conservation of Neotropical Forests provides important information for understanding the interactions of forest peoples and forest resources in the lowland tropics of Central and South America. This interdisciplinary study features experts from both the natural and social sciences to illuminate the present dilemma of conserving neotropical resources. These contributors — who are responsible for some of the most promising work in cultural and biodiversity conservation — investigate the patterns of traditional resource use, evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of existing research, and explore innovative directions for furthering the interdisciplinary conservationist agenda.
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Successfully bridges the gap between conservationists, anthropologists, and economists. Though it deals specifically with neotropical forests, it is essential reading for anyone involved in conservation of forests and their inhabitants, human or non-human, in all parts of the globe.
Provides an information base on the peoples of the lowland Neotropical forests of the Western hemispere and the natural resources on which they rely, for the crossdisciplinary interest and cooperation of conservationists and those interested in rural poverty and the rights of indigenous peoples. An introductory section provides an overview of the challenges facing such cooperative natural/social science efforts in tropical forest conservation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231076036
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 11/9/1999
  • Series: Biology and Resource Management Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 475
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Kent H. Redford is director of the international program for Biodiversity Analysis and Coordination at the Wildlife Conservation Society. He has done extensive field research in Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia and has published many scientific papers.

Christine Padoch is associate scientist, Institute of Economic Botany.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Traditional Peoples and the Biosphere: Framing the Issues and Defining the Terms, by Marianne Schmink, Kent H. Redford, and Christine PadochI. Indigenous Peoples: Introduction, by Kent H. Redford and Christine Padoch2. Interpreting and Applying the "Reality" of Indigenous Concepts: What is Necessary to Learn from the Natives?, by Darrell Addison Posey3. People of the Fallow: A Historical Ecology of Foraging in Lowland South America, by William Balee4. Traditional Productive Systems of the Awa (Cuaiquer) Indians of Southwestern Colombia and Neighboring Ecuador, by Jorge E. Orejuela5. Resource Use, Traditional Technology, and Change Among Native Peoples of Lowland South America, by Hillard Kaplan and Kate Kopischke6. Neotropical Indigenous Hunters and Their Neighbors: Siriono, Chimane, and Yuqui Hunting on the Bolivian Fronteir, by Allyn MacLean StearmanII. Folk Societies: Introduction, by Kent H. Redford and Christine Padoch7. Caboclo and Ribereno Resource Management in Amazonia: A Review, by Mario Hiraoka8. Diversity, Variation, and Change in Ribereno Agriculture, by Christine Padoch and Wil De Jong9. The Logic of Extraction: Resource Management and Income Generation by Extractive Producers in the Amazon Estuary, by Anthony B. Anderson and Edviges Marta IorisIII. Case Studies of Resource Management Projects in Protected and Unprotected Areas: Institutional Perspectives: Introduction, by Kent H. Redford and Christine Padoch10. Xateros, Chicleros, and Pimenteros: Harvesting Renewable Tropical Forest Resources in the Guatemalan Peten, by James D. Nations11. The Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area of Belize, by F. William Burley12. The Chimane Conservation Program in Beni, Bolivia: An Effort for Local Participation, by Liliana C. Campos Dudley13. The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve: Human Needs and Natural Resource Conservation in the Ecuadorian Amazon, by Flavio Coello Hinojosa14. The Wildlands and Human Needs Program: Putting Rural Development to Work for Conservation, by Dennis Glick and Michael Wright15. Building Institutions for Sustainable Development in Acre, Brazil, by Marianne SchminkIV. New Directions in Research and Action: Introduction, by Kent H. Redford and Christine Padoch16. Amuesha Forest Use and Management: An Integration of Indigenous Use and Natural Forest Management, by Jan Salick17. Incorporation of Game Animals into Small-Scale Agroforestry Systems in the Neotropics, by Kent H. Redford, Bert Klein, and Carolina Murcia18. Common Property Resources in the Neotropics: Theory, Management Progress, and an Action Agenda, by Peter H. May19. Valuing Land Uses in Amazonia: Colonist Agriculture, Cattle, and Petty Extraction in Comparative Perspective, by Susanne B. Hecht20. Buying in the Forests: A New Program to Market Sustainably Collected Tropical Forest Products Protects Forest and Forest Residents, by Jason Clay21. Neotropical Moist Forests: Priorities for the Next Two Decades, by Robert J.A. Goodland

Columbia University Press

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