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The Amazon Várzea

The Decade Past and the Decade Ahead

Pinedo-Vasquez, M., Ruffino, M.L., Padoch, C., Brondízio, E.S. (Eds.)

2011, XXXIX, 362 p.

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  • - Encompasses the work of a distinguished, international group of experts on the várzea or Amazon floodplain; - Assesses the successes and failures of conservation and development policies in the Amazon floodplain; - Interprets the latest trends in the Amazon floodplain using the tools of a number of disciplines.
This book takes a multi-disciplinary and critical look at what has changed over the last ten years in one of the world's most important and dynamic ecosystems, the Amazon floodplain or várzea. It also looks forward, assessing the trends that will determine the fate of environments and people of the várzea over the next ten years and providing crucial information that is needed to formulate strategies for confronting these looming realities.    The volume includes the latest research and analysis from a broad range of scientists who know the várzea best. It is dedicated to the memory of José Márcio Ayres, one of Brazil's greatest natural scientists and a pioneer in várzea research and conservation.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Amazon - Amazon fisheries - Amazon floodplain - caboclo - varzea

Related subjects » Animal Sciences - Ecology - Forestry - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity - Population Studies - Sustainable Development

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Preface I: The Várzea: The Decade Past.- Preface II: The Várzea: The Decade Past and the Decade Ahead: An Introduction.- List of Contributors.- List of Figures.- List of Tables.- PART I.- 1. Introduction: Human Society in the Várzea: A History of Change and Adaptation to Contextual Uncertainties.- 2. Life is Hard, Life is Beautiful: Some Perspectives on Health and Ageing in Amazonian Rural Populations.- 3. The Floodplain of the Lower Amazon as a Historical Place.- 4. Socioeconomic Dynamics, Public Policies, and Migration in the Várzea of the Upper Solimões.- 5. Proposals, Experiences and Advances in the Legalization of Land Tenure in the Várzea.- 6. Cities Along the Floodplain of the Brazilian Amazon: Characteristics and Trends.- PART II.- 7. Introduction: Amazon Fisheries.- 8. Impacts of the Co-management of Subsistence Fishing on Amazon Fisheries.- 9. Integrating Co-Management and Land Tenure Policies for the Sustainable Management of the Lower Amazon Floodplain.- 10. Management of Wildlife in the Floodplain: A Critical Look at Threats, Bottlenecks and the Future in Amazonia.- 11. Co-Management of the Application of Fisheries Resources in the Amazon: Present Status and Challenges for Management and Conservation.- PART III.- 12. Introduction: Management and Conservation of Terrestrial Resources.- 13. River and Human Legacies in Amazonian Floodplain Post-Agricultural Forests.- 14. Várzea Forests: Multifunctionality as a Resource for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity.- 15. Forest Resources, Family Networks and the Municipal Disconnect: Examining Recurrent Underdevelopment in the Amazon Estuary.- PART IV.- 16. Introduction: Strategies for Social and Environmental Conservation in Conservation Units.- 17. Protected Areas of Sustainable Use, Involvement of Social Actors and Biodiversity Conservation in the Várzea: The Case of the Mamirauá Reserve – Sharing Conservation Benefits in Central Amazonia, Brazil.- 18. Participatory Conservation and Local Knowledge in the Pirarucu Fishery in Mamirauá, Amazon.- 19. The Political Economy of Resentment: A Result of Public Policies that Become Government Policies?- 20. Comments on Socio-Environmental Conservation Strategies in Protected Areas of the Amazon Várzea.- PART V.- 21. A Tribute to José Márcio Ayres.- 22. The Contribution of Márcio Ayres to Transdisciplinary Approach to Conservation.- 23. Márcio Ayres: New Approaches to the Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in Amazonia.- 24. The River-Refuge Hypothesis and Other Contributions of Márcio Ayres to Conservation Science.- PART VI.- 25. ProVárzea’s Impact on Regional Development.- 26. Guidelines for Public Policies and Investment in Science and Technology in the Várzea.- 27. The Várzea: Old Challenges and New Demands for Integrated Research in the Coming Decade.- Index.

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