Book: Hunting Practices of the Wachiperi - Demystifying Indigenous Environmental Behavior by Rodolfo Tello
categories: Book, Environment and Society, Social Change, Social Science Research, Environmental Anthropology, Environmental Conservation, Tropical Forests, Sustainable Development, Hunting Sustainability, Amazon Rainforest, Ecological, Conservation and Development, Indigenous Peoples
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Rodolfo Tello about this book: When it comes to environmental conservation initiatives in tropical forests, indigenous peoples are key players. They have been often described as conservationists, but also as destroyers of biodiversity, and the position adopted in this matter has been guiding the design and implementation of conservation strategies. The central question about what makes indigenous peoples conserve or degrade biodiversity, however, has posed a significant challenge, particularly in light of widespread phenomena such as cultural change, market expansion, and greater diversification of livelihoods. The reasons why indigenous communities end up degrading or conserving natural resources are addressed in a comprehensive yet accessible manner in this book. It fills a critical gap in current knowledge about the socioeconomic drivers of biodiversity loss and the rise of community-based conservation, taking the hunting trends of the Wachiperi and their conservation efforts as a practical reference. Readers could greatly benefit from the lessons provided in this book about achieving both socioeconomic development and biodiversity conservation, engaging indigenous communities in a sustainable manner.
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