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Working Forests in the Neotropics: Conservation Through Sustainable Management?

Series: Biology and Resource Management

Edited By: Daniel J Zarin, Janaki Alavalapati, Francis E Putz and Marianne Schmink

437 pages, B/w photos, figs

Columbia University Press

Paperback | Jan 2005 | #142735 | ISBN: 0231129076
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The question of whether production-oriented forestry is a viable conservation strategy in the tropics has resulted in a polarized debate. Supporters of the concept have promoted it as a simultaneous solution to problems of biodiversity protection and economic stagnation throughout tropical regions. Detractors insist that any conservation strategy short of fully protected status is a waste of resources, and that promoting forest management actually hastens deforestation. By focusing on a set of critical issues and case studies, this book explores the territory between these extreme positions, highlighting major factors that contribute to or detract from the chances of achieving forest conservation through sustainable management.

Customer Reviews:

by Carlo Castellani in Italy
Clearly written, it reports a quite variegated collection of cases, studies and reviews interesting and esily understandable not only to the forester, but also for economists, policy makers, conservationists and conservation and social-minded readers at large. On the negative side: There is no organic development among different chapters (there is no conclusion at the book, out of the specific ones for each chapter). No indicator shows how success cases influence (or might do it in the short term) forest conservation in the Neotropics; it shows some achievent (not success); one only indicator related to deforestation of any given area not related to special protection (protected areas, national forests, communal forests, etc.) is given (for Puerto Rico), giving the idea that case studies have been picked up wherever a positive local situation was to be found. The reader is therefore left in front of a shut window with little holes from where he is allowed to see tiny patches of landscape without being able to have a general view, with the sad perception that no regional drive is presently taking place for the conservation of the Neotropical forests. Only 7, out of 22 chapters, report case studies appliable to a wider scale; the oth es are conceptual, technical, on forest policy or history; including among "working forests" two cases (one about BOLFOR project in Bolivia and one on the Tapajos-Arapius Extractive Reserve in Brazil) showing how a huge effort produces insignificant results and 647,611 hectars of forest provide a sustainable timber production of 2.5 cubic metres per year from only 500 ha under management and a monthly income of 270 Reais, respectively.


Introduction1. Neotropical Working Forests: Concepts and Realities, by Daniel J. ZarinIndustrial Forestry as a Tropical Conservation Strategy2. Are You a Conservationist or a Logging Advocate?, by Francis E. Putz3. National Forests in the Brazilian Amazon: Opportunities and Challenges, by Adalberto Verissimo and Paulo Barreto4. Sustainability of Selective Logging of Upland Forests in the Brazilian Amazon: Carbon Budgets and Remote Sensing as Tools for Evaluation of Logging Effects, by Michael Keller, Gregory P. Asner, Natalino Silva and Michael Palace5. Forest Science and the BOLFOR Experience: Lessons Learned about Natural Forest Management in Bolivia, by Francis E. Putz, Michelle A. Pinard, Todd.S. Fredericksen, and Marielos Pena-Cl6. The Business of Forest Certification, by Joshua C. Dickinson, John M. Forgach, and Thomas E. WilsonWorking Forests and Community Development in Latin America7. Communities, Forests, Markets, and Conservation,, by Mariane Schmink8. Making Markets Work for Forest Communities, by Sara J. Scherr, Andy White, and David Kaimowitz9. Inside the Polygon: Emerging Community Tenure Systems and Forest Resource Extraction, by Thomas Ankersen and Grenville Barnes10. Aiming for Sustainable Community Forest Management: The Experiences of Two Communities in Mexico and Honduras, by Catherine Tucker11. Community Forestry for Small-Scale Furniture Production in the Brazilian Amazon, by David McGrath, Charles Peters, and Antonio Jose Mota Bentes12. Community Forestry as a Strategy for Sustainable Management: Perspectives from Quintana Roo, by David Bray13. Carbon Sequestration Potential through Forestry Activities in Tropical Mexico, by Bernardus de Jong14. Axing the Trees, Growing the Forest: Smallholder Timber Production in the Amazon Varzea, by Robin Se_______Working Forest Paradoxes15. Neotropical Working Forests -- For What and For Whom?, by Janaki Alavalapati and Daniel J. Zarin16. On Defying Nature's End, by Gustavo A.B. da Fonseca, Aaron Bruner, Russell A. Mittermeier, Keith Alger, Clau17. Selective Logging, Forest Fragmentation and Fire Disturbance: Implications of Interaction, by ______ and Syner18. Limited or Unlimited Wants in the Presence of Limited Means? Inquiries into the Role of Satiation in Affecting Deforestation, by Arild Angelsen and Martin K. Luckert19. From Staple to Fashion Food: Shifting Cycles and Shifting Opportunities in the development of the Acai Palm Fruit (Euterpe oleracea Mart.) Economy in the Amazon Estuary, by Eduardo S. Brondizio20. The Homogeocene in Puerto Rico, by Ariel E. LugoEnvisioning a Future for Sustainable Tropical Forest Management21. Conventional Wisdom about Sustainable Forest Management and a Pro-Poor Forest Agenda, by David Kaimowitz22. Governing the Amazon Timber Industry, by Daniel Nepstad, Ane Alencar, Ana Cristina Barros, Eirivelthon Lima, Elsa Mendoza

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Daniel J. Zarin is an Associate Professor in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida, where he is Director of the Working Forests in the Tropics Program. Janaki R. R. Alavalapati is an Associate Professor in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida. Francis E. Putz is a Professor of Botany at the University of Florida and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for International Forestry Research. Marianne Schmink is Professor of Latin American Studies and Anthropology at the University of Florida, where she is Director of the Tropical Conservation and Development program.

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