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Living with Biodiversity in an Island Ecosystem: Cultural Adaptation in the Solomon Islands

Provides a multidisciplinary and thorough study of the interaction between humans and the natural world
Includes many visual figures and tables to help readers understand methods and results and the local situation
Contains extensive data, including that on the flora of the Solomon Islands

Series: Ethnobiology

By: Takuro Furusawa (Author)

190 pages, 17 colour photos and illustrations, 42 b/w illustrations, 42 colour tables

Springer-Verlag

Hardback | Feb 2016 | #228609 | ISBN-13: 9789812879028
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NHBS Price: £74.50 $94/€89 approx

About this book

Living with Biodiversity in an Island Ecosystem presents a detailed case study of ecological and cultural interactions between the people and their natural environment at Roviana Lagoon, Solomon Islands, a land of rich biodiversity. Living with Biodiversity in an Island Ecosystem documents the subsistence lifestyle of the people and their indigenous ecological knowledge, analyzes the effects of recent socioeconomic changes on the people and ecosystem, and proposes future directions for sustainability. The contents have been designed to answer questions such as, "What kinds of factors have determined whether current human actions are sustainable or will result in a collapse of biocultural diversity in the Solomon Islands?"; "How do Solomon Islanders recognize nature and biodiversity conservation in traditional ways or under socioeconomic changes?"; and "How can harmony between humans and nature be achieved in the Solomon Islands under changing socioeconomic conditions?" A truly transdisciplinary approach is applied, integrating theories of human ecology, quantitative ethnobiology, and folk ecology and methods of vegetation surveys, ethnographic fieldwork, remote sensing, and health surveys, in order to link different domains of humans and the natural world. In addition, Living with Biodiversity in an Island Ecosystem focuses on the importance of understanding of diversity not only in natural environments, but also in human societies, and will be a valuable source for many, especially ecologists, anthropologists, conservation practitioners, and rural development planners.


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