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Hunting for Sustainability in Tropical Forests Paperback – January 5, 2000
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A timely and important book, as anyone knows who has travelled to the tropics.(Northeastern Naturalist)
For those interested in 'sustainable use' as something more than a conservation catchphrase, Hunting for Sustainability in Tropical Forests is a must read. It is a welcome contribution to what is currently a small body of literature detailing the implementation of sustainable use in practice.(Lisa M. Campbell Environments)
Quite simply, Rudel's book is a work of outstanding scholarship....This book will be indispensable reading for anyone concerned with the fate and management of the world's imperilled tropical forests.(William F. Laurance, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Environmental Conservation)
From the Back Cover
Drawing on examples from Ecuador to Congo-Zaire to Sulawesi, this book presents a wide array of studies that examine the sustainability of hunting as practiced by rural peoples. Comprising work by both biological and social scientists, Hunting for Sustainability in Tropical Forest provides a balanced viewpoint on the ecological and human aspects of this hunting. The first section examines the effects of hunting on wildlife in tropical forests throughout the world. The next section looks at the importance of hunting to local communities. The third section looks at institutional challenges of rosource management, while the fourth draws on economic perspectives to understand both hunting and sustainability. A final section provides synthesis and summary of the factors that influence sustainability and the implications for management.
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Top Customer Reviews
The introduction is really very good, and usefully explores the key question of sustainable hunting. The authors are very careful to think about analytical categories and definitions, and they make a strong case that we need to consider the social context of hunting: traditional hunting versus hunting with modern technology, sport hunting versus hunting out of necessity, and subsistence hunting versus commercial hunting.
The conclusion, also written by the editors, also makes a very helpful contribution. The core of the conclusion summarizes in about 50 points the main conclusions of the contributors. These are organized by categories such as the social-cultural, institutional, and economic influences on sustainable hunting in tropical forests.
Unfortunately, what makes the conclusion helpful is what weakens the book as a whole. It lacks a strong analytical framework or theory, which forces the authors to cobble everything together at the end. It consists overwhelmingly of single cases, with no apparent attention to case selection issues. The authors of each chapter give no evidence of having read the other chapters, even those on the same topic.Read more ›