ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERING ELSEVIER Ecological Engineering 7 (1996) 89-91 Book Review Conservation of Neotropical Forests Working from Traditional Resource Use, Kent H. Redford and Christine Padoch, Columbia University Press, New York, NY, 1992 Conservation of tropical rain forests - in the case of this book in Latin America, especially the Amazon Basin - is not a similar question like getting a well-conservated national park in an industrial country. The conservation of these forests, together with their linked ecosystems, is essentially a question of learning from the traditional inhabitants and by obtaining good economical revenues from the forest. Therefore, social, anthropological and economic considerations are as important as biological and geographical aspects. The book partly results from a workshop held in 1989 (US-office of MAB) and the remaining part was added afterwards in cooperation with the University of Florida and their programs for Tropical Conservation. Although it is a scientific collection of the actual knowledge of the very different forms of resource-management, it is written in a mostly well understandable and motivating style. The essays often focus on local aspects and lead the reader to interesting details of life under rainforest conditions. But this local focus is always used for
Ecological Engineering – Elsevier
Published: Sep 1, 1996
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