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Throughout the world people are concerned about the demise of tropical forests and their wildlife. Hunting by forest-dwelling people has a dramatic effect on wildlife in many tropical forests, frequently driving species to local extinction, with devastating implications for other species and the health of the forests themselves. But wildlife is an important source of protein and cash for rural peoples. Can hunting be managed to conserve biological communities while meeting human needs? Are hunting rates as practiced by tropical forest peoples sustainable? If not, what are the biological, social, and cultural implications of this failure? Answering these questions is ever more important as national and international agencies seek to integrate the development of local peoples with the conservation of tropical forest systems and species.This book presents a wide array of studies that examine the sustainability of hunting as practiced by rural peoples. Comprising work by both biological and social scientists, Hunting for Sustainability in Tropical Forests provides a balanced viewpoint on the ecological and human aspects of this hunting. The first section examines the effects of hunting on wildlife in tropical forests throughout the world. The next section looks at the importance of hunting to local communities. The third section looks at institutional challenges of resource management, while the fourth draws on economic perspectives to understand both hunting and sustainability. A final section provides synthesis and summary of the factors that influence sustainability and the implications for management. Drawing on examples from Ecuador to Congo-Zaire to Sulawesi, Hunting for Sustainability in Tropical Forests will be a valuable resource to policymakers, conservation organizations, and students and scholars of biology, ecology, and anthropology.
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Ecological Economics
An excellent compendium, rich in important details, and an essential reference for conservation biologists and policy-makers alike.
Booknews
Examines the sustainability of hunting as practiced by rural peoples. Primarily case studies of specific regions, the 25 contributions look at the effects of hunting on wildlife in tropical forests, the importance of hunting to local communities, institutional challenges of resource management, and economic influences. Topics include: sustainability of Ach<'e> hunting in the Mbaracayu Reserve, Paraguay; social change and modernization as factors in hunting sustainability among neotropical indigenous societies; and community-based comanagement of wildlife in the Peruvian Amazon. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Northeastern Naturalist

A timely and important book, as anyone knows who has travelled to the tropics.

Environments
For those interested in 'sustainable use' as something more than a conservation catchphrase, Hunting for Sustainability in Tropical Forests is a must read. It is a welcome contribution to what is currently a small body of literature detailing the implementation of sustainable use in practice.

— Lisa M. Campbell

Environmental Conservation
Quite simply, Rudel's book is a work of outstanding scholarship....This book will be indispensable reading for anyone concerned with the fate and management of the world's imperilled tropical forests.

— William F. Laurance, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Environments - Lisa M. Campbell

For those interested in 'sustainable use' as something more than a conservation catchphrase, Hunting for Sustainability in Tropical Forests is a must read. It is a welcome contribution to what is currently a small body of literature detailing the implementation of sustainable use in practice.

Environmental Conservation - William F. Laurance

Quite simply, Rudel's book is a work of outstanding scholarship....This book will be indispensable reading for anyone concerned with the fate and management of the world's imperilled tropical forests.

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Meet the Author

John Robinson is Vice President and Director of International Conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society and is the editor, with K. H. Redford, of Neotropical Wildlife Use and Conservation. He has written extensively on tropical forest conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources.Elizabeth Bennett is Senior Conservation Zoologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society and is the author of more than fifty scientific and popular articles on wildlife and conservation in Malaysia. Her writings include The Natural History of Orang-Utan and, with F. Gombek, Proboscis Monkeys of Borneo.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 Hunting for the Snark 1
Pt. I Biological Limits to Sustainability
2 Carrying Capacity Limits to Sustainable Hunting in Tropical Forests 13
3 Evaluating the Impact and Sustainability of Subsistence Hunting at Multiple Amazonian Forest Sites 31
4 The Sustainability of Current Hunting Practices by the Huaorani 57
5 Sustainability of Ache Hunting in the Mbaracayu Reserve, Paraguay 79
6 Impact and Sustainability of Indigenous Hunting in the Ituri Forest, Congo-Zaire: A Comparison of Unhunted and Hunted Duiker Populations 106
7 Threatened Mammals, Subsistence Harvesting, and High Human Population Densities: A Recipe for Disaster? 154
8 Hunted Animals in Bioko Island, West Africa: Sustainability and Future 168
9 Differential Vulnerability of Large Birds and Mammals to Hunting in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, and the Outlook for the Future 199
10 The Impact of Traditional Subsistence Hunting and Trapping on Prey Populations: Data from Wana Horticulturalists of Upland Central Sulawesi, Indonesia 214
Pt. II Sociocultural Context Influencing Sustainability
11 A Pound of Flesh: Social Change and Modernization as Factors in Hunting Sustainability Among Neotropical Indigenous Societies 233
12 Wildlife Conservation and Game Harvest by Maya Hunters in Quintana Roo, Mexico 251
13 The Sustainability of Subsistence Hunting by the Siriono Indians of Bolivia 267
14 Cable Snares and Nets in the Central African Republic 282
15 Saving Borneo's Bacon: The Sustainability of Hunting in Sarawak and Sabah 305
16 Agta Hunting and Sustainability of Resource Use in Northeastern Luzon, Philippines 325
Pt. III Institutional Capacity for Management
17 Hunting for an Answer: Is Local Hunting Compatible with Large Mammal Conservation in India? 339
18 Enhancing the Sustainability of Duiker Hunting Through Community Participation and Controlled Access in the Lobeke Region of Southeastern Cameroon 356
19 Traditional Management of Hunting in a Xavante Community in Central Brazil: The Search for Sustainability 375
20 Community-Based Comanagement of Wildlife in the Peruvian Amazon 395
Pt. IV Economic Influences on Sustainability
21 Wildlife Use in Northern Congo: Hunting in a Commercial Logging Concession 413
22 Socioeconomics and the Sustainability of Hunting in the Forests of Northern Congo (Brazzaville) 427
23 Impact of Subsistence Hunting in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, and Conservation Options 455
24 The Trade in Wildlife in North Sulawesi, Indonesia 473
Pt. V Synthesis
25 Hunting for Sustainability: The Start of a Synthesis 499
App Calculating Maximum Sustainable Harvests and Percentage Offtakes 521
References 525
Index 573
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