Diagnosing Wild Species Harvest

Diagnosing Wild Species Harvest : Resource Use and Conservation

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Diagnosing Wild Species Harvest bridges gaps of knowledge fragmented among scientific disciplines as it addresses this multifaceted phenomenon that is simultaneously global and local. The authors emphasize the interwoven nature of issues specific to the ecological, economic, and socio-cultural realms of wild species harvest.

The book presents the diagnosing wild species harvest procedure as a universal approach that integrates seven thematic perspectives to harvest systems: resource dynamics, costs and benefits, management, governance, knowledge, spatiality, and legacies. When analyzed, these themes help to build a holistic understanding of this globally important phenomenon. Scholars, professionals and students in various fields related to natural resources will find the book a valuable resource.

Wild species form important resources for people worldwide, and their harvest is a major driver of ecosystem change. Tropical forests regions, including Amazonia, are among those parts of the world where wild species are particularly important for people's livelihoods and larger economies. This book draws on tangible experiences from Amazonia, presented in lively narratives intermingling scientific information with stories of the people engaged in harvest and management of wild species. These stories are linked to relevant theory of wild species harvest and wider discussions on conservation, development, and the global quest of sustainability.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 494 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 952.54g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures, colour plates
  • 0123972043
  • 9780123972040

About Matti Salo

Matti Salo is a biologist and PhD in Environmental Science. His fields of interest include governance, management and policy issues related to natural resources, biodiversity and conservation - with a particular emphasis in forest policies. Salo is a long-term Amazonia enthusiast and a member of the University of Turku Amazon Research team (UTU-ART). He has spent time in the region annually since the late 1990s, with a particular commitment to Peruvian Amazonia, but also working and traveling extensively in parts of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador. In addition to academic work, Salo has published books and other writings about Amazonia and biodiversity issues directed to the general public. Anders Siren is a biologist and PhD in Rural Development Studies. From 2009 to 2013 he was a postdoc researcher at the University of Turku, and is currently a lecturer in geography at the University of Helsinki. Siren has spent over ten years in Ecuadorian Amazonia, where he has conducted extensive field work for social and natural science research related to wild species harvest and land use change in indigenous communities, and also made shorter visits to Peruvian Amazonia. He loves fishing in the swift rivers of western Amazonia and dreams about saving Amazonian fisheries from the multiple threats of overfishing, habitat destruction, and pollution. Risto Kalliola is a professor of geography at the University of Turku. He has made a long career on biogeographical, ecological and resource management studies in Amazonia and northern Europe. He is interested in the role of scientific understanding in the use of renewable natural resources and in land use planning. Kalliola is one of the founder members of the multi-disciplinary University of Turku Amazon Research team (UTU-ART) which has over three-decades long research history in Amazonia.
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Table of contents

PART 1 Focus on Wild Species Harvest

1. All Over the Earth, Since the Dawn of Time

2. A Conceptual Primer to Wild Species Harvest

PART 2 Stories from the Forest Floor

3. The Millennia of Wild Species Harvest in Amazonia

4. On a Winding Trail towards Sustainable Hunting

5. Fishing in and Fishing out the Amazon

6. River Turtles - They Have Come Back

7. Palm Leaves, Sustainability, and Dignity

8. Collect Locally, Eat Globally - the Journey of the Brazil Nut

9. Changing the Law of the Jungle - Forests and Forestry in Peru

10. Biodiversity and Business - An Experience with Medicinal Plants

11. Acai: the Forest Farms of the Amazon Estuary

12. Blank Maps and Desires about Biodiversity Wealth

PART 3 Seven Thematic Perspectives

13. Resource Dynamics Behind the Provision from Nature

14. Costs and Benefits Weighted by Harvesters

15. Management of Resource Systems

16. Governance Shaping Incentive Structures

17. Knowledge for Action and Interaction

18. Spatiality in Nature and Society

19. Legacies from the Past and for the Future

PART 4 Diagnosis and Follow-up

20. Diagnosing Wild Species Harvest - The DWiSH Procedure

21. Whose Interest? Whose Action?

22. Savage, Ravaged, or Managed?
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