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As a journalist, Mark Dowie has always been a few steps ahead of the pack, and with Conservation Refugees he's once again staked out a difficult and fascinating terrain: the indigenous peoples that, all the way back to the founding of Yosemite, have been invisible or worse to the conservation movement. A vision of wilderness that makes no place for people has long held sway in environmental circles, but there are signs it is coming to an end -- and not a moment too soon. Dowie's book advances the critical work of developing a new, more encompassing vision of nature, which makes it one of the most important contributions to conservation in many years.(Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food)
Mark Dowie is, pound for pound, one of the best investigative journalists around.(Studs Terkel, author of Working)
Unlike a fine wine, Mark Dowie has not mellowed with age. This book proves it.(John Passacantando, former Executive Director, Greenpeace USA)
A beautiful balance of critique and sympathy.(Publishers Weekly)
Far from being a hysterical diatribe...this exceptionally researched and documented study provides authoritative guidance toward a diverse and sustainable future.(Richard W. Grefrath Magill Book Reviews)
In Conservation Refugees, Mark Dowie quotes delegates to the Fifth World Parks Conference: 'We were dispossessed in the name of kings and emperors, later in the name of state development, and now in the name of conservation.' Miwok, Basarwa, Ogiek, Mursi -- indigenous tribal peoples, like endangered species, are being driven to extinction. Their languages are swiftly dying and we're losing a huge resource in their invaluable knowledge derived from millennia in their respective homelands. Environmentalists, determined to preserve biological systems and entities, should now be equally driven to preserve aboriginal cultures. This is a most useful and important book.(William Kittredge, author of The Nature of Generosity)
Conservation Refuges by Mark Dowie puts in perspective in one source the many reports I've picked up here and there over decades on aboriginal people being displaced by... Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by Carol
A good perspective on global conservation NGOs. Largely based on specific case studies, and the conclusions may not be applicable to highly populated or dynamic areas, but... Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by Craig J. Starger
Two important books have reached my desk in the last year. "1491. Americas before Columbus" and "Conservation Refugees". Read morePublished on November 29, 2012 by Calle Seleborg
"Conservation Refugees" is a book by journalist Mark Dowie on a subject little known to the general public in the Western nations: the conflicts between conservationists and native... Read morePublished on December 3, 2011 by Ashtar Command