Timber Tourists and Temples: Conservation and Development in the Maya Forest of Belize Guatemala and Mexico / Edition 2

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<p>Stretching across southern Mexico, northern Guatemala, and Belize, the Maya Forest, or Selva Maya, constitutes one of the last large blocks of tropical forest remaining in North and Central America. Home to Mayan-speaking people for more than 5,000 years, the region is also uncommonly rich in cultural and archaeological resources.<p>Timber, Tourists, and Temples brings together the leading leading biologists, social scientists, and conservationists working in the region to present in a single volume information on the intricate social and political issues, and the complex scientifc and management problems to be resolved there. Following an introductory chapter that presents GIS and remote sensing data, the book: <li>Considers perspectives on managing forest resources and the forestry and conservation policies of each nation <li>Examines efforts by communities to manage their forest resources <li>Explains the connections between resource conservation and use by local people <li>Highlights research projects that integrate baseline biological research with impact assessments <li>Explains the need to involve local people in conservation effort.<p>Timber, Tourists, and Temples explores methods of supporting the biological foundation of the Maya Forest and keeping alive that unique and diverse ecosystem. While many areas face similar development pressures, few have been studied as much or for as long as the Maya Forest. The wealth of information included in this pathbreaking work will be valuable not only for researchers involved with the Maya Forest but for anyone concerned with the protection, use, and management of tropical forest ecosystems throughout the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559635424
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 426
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Maya Forest
Pt. I A Regional Approach to the Maya Forest 1
Ch. 1 A Regional Approach to Conservation in the Maya Forest 3
Ch. 2 One Forest, Two Nations: The Chiquibul Forest of Belize and Guatemala 23
Pt. II Forest Policy and Management and the Emergence of Community Forestry 29
Ch. 3 The Maya Forest of Quintana Roo: Thirteen Years of Conservation and Community Development 33
Ch. 4 Forest Management in Quintana Roo, Mexico 47
Ch. 5 Sustaining Harvests of Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla King) from Mexico's Yucatan Forests: Past, Present, and Future 61
Ch. 6 The Maya Forest in Campeche, Mexico: Experiences in Forest Management in Calakmul 81
Ch. 7 Forestry Policy and Protected Areas in the Peten, Guatemala 99
Ch. 8 Community Forest Concessions: An Economic Alternative for the Maya Biosphere Reserve in the Peten, Guatemala 111
Ch. 9 Forest Management and Conservation in Belize: A Brief Background 125
Pt. III Nontimber Forest Products in Conservation Strategies 137
Ch. 10 Nontimber Forest Products in Community Development and Conservation: Desmoncus sp. (Tie-tie) in Gales Point, Belize 141
Ch. 11 Governmental and Customary Arrangements Guiding Chicle Latex Extractions in the Peten, Guatemala 155
Ch. 12 The Impact of Hunting on Wildlife in the Maya Forest of Mexico 179
Ch. 13 Monitoring Nontimber Forest Product Harvest for Ecological Sustainability: A Case Study of Huano (Sabal mauritiiformis) in the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area, Belize 195
Ch. 14 Buffer Zone Management: Lessons for the Maya Forest 209
Pt. IV Biodiversity Research for Conservation 223
Ch. 15 Toward Sustainable Forestry in Belize 225
Ch. 16 The Peregrine Fund's Maya Project: Ecological Research, Habitat Conservation Efforts, and Development of Human Resources in the Maya Forest 241
Ch. 17 Dynamics and Ecology of Natural and Managed Forests in Quintana Roo, Mexico 267
Pt. V Community Development, Conservation, and Ecotourism 283
Ch. 18 The Global Environment and Galacia, the New Ejidal Population Center, Marques de Comillas Zone, Ocosingo, Chiapas 287
Ch. 19 What Is the Forest to a Small Farmer? Interview with Raymundo Terron Santana 293
Ch. 20 Organic Coffee Production and the Conservation of Natural Resources in Las Margaritas, Chiapas 299
Ch. 21 The Bio-Itza Reserve: History of an Indigenous Effort to Conserve the Itza Maya Community of San Jose, El Peten, Guatemala 317
Ch. 22 Community-Based Ecotourism in the Maya Forest: Problems and Potentials 327
Ch. 23 Community-Based Development As a Conservation Tool: The Community Baboon Sanctuary and the Gales Point Manatee Reserve 343
Ch. 24 Illuminating the Peten's Throne of Gold: The ProPeten Experiment in Conservation-Based Development 365
Ch. 25 The Belize Zoo: Grassroots Efforts in Education and Outreach 389
Common Terms and Names 396
Common Acronyms 399
Contributors 402
Name Index 405
Subject Index 411
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