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Traditional and Modern Natural Resource Management in Latin America

Francisco J. Pichon, Jorge E. Uqquillas, and John Frechione, Editiors

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ISBN 10: 0822941031 / ISBN 13: 9780822941033
Published by University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999
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Title: Traditional and Modern Natural Resource ...

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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Edition: 1st Edition

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This collection of papers identifies a major problem facing developing nations and the countries and sources that fund them: the lack of attention and/or effective strategies available to prevent farmers in underdeveloped and poorly endowed regions from sinking still deeper into poverty while avoiding further degradation of marginal environments. The contributors propose an alliance of scientific knowledge with native skill as the best way to proceed, arguing that folk systems can often provide effective management solutions that are not only locally effective, but which may have the potential for spatial diffusion. While this has been said before, this volume describes clearly how to implement such an approach. Moreover, the editors make an eloquent case for the relevance of risk prone areas as a subject of study and the special role that indigenous knowledge plays in such poorly endowed regions. The volume is balanced - it does not advocate one approach over another, and it is multidisciplinary, including work by anthropologists, sociologists, geographers and natural scientists. Through carefully considered opinions by experts who have been intimately involved over the long term in theoretical and practical work related to systems of natural resource management in Latin America, this book addresses a topic that has gained worldwide interest, especially in relation to indigenous knowledge systems.

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Francisco J. Pich-n is a sociologist at the World Bank and is co-author, with Uquillas, of Sustainable Agriculture and Poverty Reduction in Latin America's Risk-Prone Areas: Opportunities and Challenges, a 1996 World Bank Report. He has contributed to numerous edited volumes and journals such as Economic Development and Cultural Change, World Development, Journal of Developing Areas, and the Journal of Development Studies.

Jorge E. Uquillas is a social scientist specializing in Latin America and the Caribbean Region at the World Bank, and is coauthor, with Pich-n, of Sustainable Agriculture and Poverty Reduction in Latin America's Risk-Prone Areas: Opportunities and Challenges, a 1996 World Bank Report. He has contributed to a range of edited collections and journals such as Ecology of Food and Nutrition, American Journal of Human Biology, and the proceedings of the World Bank Conference on Development in Latin America.

John Frechione is associate director of the Center for Latin American Studies and adjunct associate professor of anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his Ph.D. in anthropology in 1981. His interests include cultural and historical ecology, lowland neotropical populations, indigenous economic development and social change, and tropical forest ecosystems. He has carried out research over the last twenty years on ecological adaptations and economic self-development among indigenous populations in southern Venezuela and he is coauthor of Indigenous People and Development in Latin America: A Literature Survey and Recommendations.

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