This book is based on a specific research project in Cotacachi, Ecaudor which was funded by USAID. The project focuses on the local population and their environmental and agricultural problems along with the soil, water, biodiversity and cultural patterns of the area. This book discusses how the people of Cotacachi and the environment have engaged each other over time to create the human and natural landscapes that we find today. It is split into five parts which explore the people and land in a historical framework, biodiversity, land use change and production, social conflict and environmental issues within a social context.
Foreword, A T Males, Municiplo del Canton Cotacachi, Ecuador; Acknowledgements; PART 1: INTRODUCTION; Linking Sustainability Science, Community and Culture: A Research Partnership in Cotacachi, Ecuador, R E Rhoades; PART 2: TIME AND LANDSCAPE IN COTACACHI; Shaping an Andean Landscape: Processes Affecting Topography. Soils, and Hydrology in Cotacachi, F Zehetner and W P Miller, University of Georgia, USA; Incursion, Fragmentation and Tradition: Historical Ecology of Andean Cotacachi, A Shilah Moates and B C Campbell, University of Georgia, USA; Four Decades of Land Use Change in the Cotacachi Andes: 1963-2000, X Zapata Rios, SANREM-Andes Project, Ecuador, R E Rhoades, M C Segovia, SEK International University, Ecuador and F Zehetner; Climate Change in Cotacachi, R E Rhoades, X Zapata Rios and J Aragundy, SANREM-Andes Project, Ecuador; Traversing a Landscape of Memory, V D Nazarea, R Guitarra, UNORCAC, Cotacachi, Ecuador and R E Rhoades; PART 3: BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND USE; Biological Diversity in Cotacachi's Andean Forests, M Penafiel, Alianza Jatun Sacha/CDC-Ecuador, Ecuador, M Tipan, Direccion Nacional de Recursos Naturales, Ecuador, L Nolivos and K Vasquez, Universidad Central del Ecuador, Ecuador; Trees and Trade-Offs: Perceptions of Eucalyptus and Native Trees in Ecuadorian Highland Communities, A D Carse, University of North Carolina, USA; Living, Dwindling, Losing, Finding: Status and Changes in Agrobiodiversity of Cotacachi, K Skarbo, Bygda, Stranda, Norway; Women and Homegardens of Cotacachi, M Piniero, CATIE/NORAD, Guatemaia; Good to Eat, Good to Think: Food, Culture, and Biodiversity in Cotacachi, J Camacho, University of Georgia, USA. PART 4: SOILS, WATER, AND SUSTAINABILITY; Toward Sustainable Crop Production in Cotacachi: An Assessment of the Soils' Nutrient Status, F Zehetner and W P Miller; Plant-Water Relations in an Andean Landscape: Modelling the Effect of Irrigation on Upland Crop Production, F Zehetner, W P Miller and X Zapata Rios; Water Quality and Human Needs in Cotacachi: the Pichavi Watershed, J Aragundy and X Zapata Rios; Local Resolution of Watershed Management Trade-Offs: The Case of Cotacachi, F Rodriguez with D Southgate, The Ohio State University, USA; Community-Based Water Monitoring in Cotacachi, S S Ruiz-Cordova, B L Duncan, W Deutsch and N Gomez, Auburn University, USA; PART 5: NEGOTIATING "DEVELOPMENT WITH IDENTITY"; Why is the Earth Tired? A Comparative Analysis of Agricultural Change and Intervention in Northern Ecuador, B C Campbell; Circular Migration and Community Identity: Their Relationship to the Land, G Flora, American Friends Service Committee, USA; Social Capital and Advocacy Coalitions: Examples of Environment Issues from Ecuador, J L Flora, C B Flora, lowa State University, USA, F Campana, M Garcia Bravo, Heifer Project-Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador and E Fernandez-Baza, Peru and lowa State University, USA; Future Visioning for the Andes: Scientific Models and Local Perspectives on Landuse Change, R E Rhoades and X Zapata Rios; Sustainability Science in Indigenous Communities: Reconciling and Global Agendas, R E Rhoades.