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Traditional Forest-Related Knowledge

Sustaining Communities, Ecosystems and Biocultural Diversity

Series: World Forests, Vol. 12

Parrotta, John A., Trosper, Ronald L. (Eds.)

2012, XXVI, 622 p.

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  • Provides an up-to-date summary of the emerging field of traditional forest management
  • Includes global coverage of traditional forest management
  • Offers a highly relevant interdisciplinary approach to tackling current issues in natural resource management and policy

Exploring a topic of vital and ongoing importance, Traditional Forest Knowledge examines the history, current status and trends in the development and application of traditional forest knowledge by local and indigenous communities worldwide. It considers the interplay between traditional beliefs and practices and formal forest science and interrogates the often uneasy relationship between these different knowledge systems.

The contents also highlight efforts to conserve and promote traditional forest management practices that balance the environmental, economic and social objectives of forest management. It places these efforts in the context of recent trends towards the devolution of forest management authority in many parts of the world.

The book includes regional chapters covering North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Australia-Pacific region. As well as relating the general factors mentioned above to these specific areas, these chapters cover issues of special regional significance,  such as the importance of traditional knowledge and practices for food security, economic development and cultural identity.  Other chapters examine topics ranging from key policy issues to the significant programs of regional and international organisations, and from research ethics and best practices for scientific study of traditional knowledge to the adaptation of traditional forest knowledge to climate change and globalisation.

"Forestry, the oldest of the resource management sciences, has been coming under pressure in recent years to incorporate multiple values. Traditional Forest-Related Knowledge is remarkable for its comprehensive coverage of world regions and 'hot' topics such as globalization, climate change and research ethics. It is a unique book, marking a breakthrough with its authoritative treatment of alternative sources of knowledge and multiple perspectives, and contributing to a paradigm change in forest management."

 

- Fikret Berkes, Distinguished Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Manitoba, and author of Sacred Ecology

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » biocultural diversity - forest History - forest resources - indigenous and local communities - traditional knowledge

Related subjects » Ecology - Environmental Sciences - Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - Forestry - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

Dedication

Preface

Acknowledgements

1. Introduction: The Growing Importance of Traditional Forest-Related Knowledge

2. Africa

3. Latin America-Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile

4. Amazonia

5. North America

6. Europe

7. Russia, Ukraine, the Caucasus, and Central Asia

8. Northeast Asia

9. South Asia

10. Southeast Asia

11. Western Pacific

12. Globalisation, Local Communities, and Traditional Forest-Related Knowledge

13. Traditional Forest-Related Knowledge and Climate Change

14. Ethics and Research Methodologies for the Study of Traditional Forest-Related Knowledge

15. The Unique Character of Traditional Forest-Related Knowledge:  Threats and Challenges Ahead

Subject Index

Author Index

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