Conservation of Neotropical Forests: Working from Traditional Resource Use

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Two of the great crises facing our generation are the destruction of the tropical forests and the widespread poverty of tens of millions of people who inhabit rural areas of the globe. Since many of these people rely on tropical forests for their livelihoods, the fates of the forests and of many rural poor are inextricably linked. A cross-disciplinary study of this link between forests and forest peoples has recently emerged. Those interested in conserving forests and those concerned with rural poverty and the rights of indigenous peoples have found that they can be effective allies. Interdisciplinary cooperation, however, has been hampered by a lack of necessary information. Conservation of Neotropical Forests: Working from Traditional Resource Use provides important data on the interactions of forest peoples and forest resources in the lowland tropics of the Western hemisphere. It brings together articles by many of the world's experts: natural and social scientists and managers of innovative conservation programs. An introductory section provides an overview of the challenges facing such cooperative natural/social science efforts in tropical forest conservation. Part 1, Indigenous Peoples, presents a wealth of new data concerning resource management by indigenous tribal societies: ecology of foraging, hunting, agriculture, and traditional technology. Folk Societies, part 2, continues to discuss how neotropical forest peoples manage resources by focusing on often overlooked folk societies such as the caboclos and riberenos of the Amazon. Part 3 examines attempts to limit forest destruction and improve the well-being of traditional peoples by offering case studies of existing projects throughout Central and South America, including the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area of Belize, and the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve of the Ecuadorian Amazon, among others. Finally, part 4, New Directions in Research and Action, explores innovative directions for both acti
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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: 9780231076029
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 11/5/1992
  • Series: Biology and Resource Management Series
  • Pages: 475
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (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 3
Pt. I Indigenous Peoples
Introduction 17
2 Interpreting and Applying the "Reality" of Indigenous Concepts: What Is Necessary to Learn from the Natives? 21
3 People of the Fallow: A Historical Ecology of Foraging in Lowland South America 35
4 Traditional Productive Systems of the Awa (Cuaiquer) Indians of Southwestern Colombia and Neighboring Ecuador 58
5 Resource Use, Traditional Technology, and Change Among Native Peoples of Lowland South America 83
6 Neotropical Indigenous Hunters and Their Neighbors: Siriono, Chimane, and Yuqui Hunting on the Bolivian Frontier 108
Pt. II Folk Societies
Introduction 131
7 Caboclo and Ribereno Resource Management in Amazonia: A Review 134
8 Diversity, Variation, and Change in Ribereno Agriculture 158
9 The Logic of Extraction: Resource Management and Income Generation by Extractive Producers in the Amazon Estuary 175
Pt. III Case Studies of Resource Management Projects in Protected and Unprotected Areas: Institutional Perspectives
Introduction 203
10 Xateros, Chicleros, and Pimenteros: Harvesting Renewable Tropical Forest Resources in the Guatemalan Peten 208
11 The Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area of Belize 220
12 The Chimane Conservation Program in Beni, Bolivia: An Effort for Local Participation 228
13 The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve: Human Needs and Natural Resource Conservation in the Ecuadorian Amazon 245
14 The Wildlands and Human Needs Program: Putting Rural Development to Work for Conservation 259
15 Building Institutions for Sustainable Development in Acre, Brazil 276
Pt. IV New Directions in Research and Action
Introduction 301
16 Amuesha Forest Use and Management: An Integration of Indigenous Use and Natural Forest Management 305
17 Incorporation of Game Animals into Small-Scale Agroforestry Systems in the Neotropics 333
18 Common Property Resources in the Neotropics: Theory, Management Progress, and an Action Agenda 359
19 Valuing Land Uses in Amazonia: Colonist Agriculture, Cattle, and Petty Extraction in Comparative Perspective 379
20 Buying in the Forests: A New Program to Market Sustainably Collected Tropical Forest Products Protects Forests and Forest Residents 400
21 Neotropical Moist Forests: Priorities for the Next Two Decades 416
Index 435
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