Neotropical forests sustain a wealth of biodiversity, provide a
wide range of ecosystem services and products, and support the
livelihoods of millions of people. But is forest management a
viable conservation strategy in the tropics? Supporters of
sustainable forest management have promoted it as a solution to
problems of both biodiversity protection and economic stagnation.
Detractors insist that any conservation strategy short of fully
protected status is a waste of resources and that forest management
actually hastens deforestation. By focusing on a set of critical
issues and case studies, this book explores the territory between
these positions, highlighting the major factors that contribute to
or detract from the chances of achieving forest conservation
through sustainable management.
Subjects: Environmental Science, Anthropology
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