Traditional and indigenous people can claim incontrovertible rights to their land. As morally responsible humans we must support their struggle. This responsibility does not mean that as conservationists we must count as conservation everything that these people have done and wish to do. As independent peoples with rights to self‐determination, their future should be in their own hands—whether that future meets our expectations or not. It is remarkable that we find ourselves making this obvious point to a group of experienced and savvy professionals who have spent considerable time in defense of indigenous and traditional peoples. We won't claim to tell Steve Schwartzman and his co‐authors about the political virtues or shortcomings of rubber tappers and Amazonian Indians, because they are experts in such matters, insofar as outsiders can be. Nevertheless, speaking on behalf of those peoples as if their interests were identical with conservation, biodiversity, and parks is disingenuous. In taking such a tack, the authors enter a twisted labyrinth of reasoning, which we find tortuous and politically dangerous for both conservation and forest‐dwelling peoples. First, we thought that in various ways we had already published conclusions similar to those in the paper by Schwartzman et al.
Conservation Biology – Wiley
Published: Oct 18, 2000
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera