Edited by Anthony Hall . Published 2005. ISBN 9781900039567
The fragile forest ecosystems in Latin America have long catered for domestic economic interests through timber, minerals land resettlement and cattleranching. More recently transnational commercial and political forces have exacerbated pressure on the natural resource base through MERCOSUL the Kyoto Protocol and international donor organisations among others. Over the past two decades new complementary approaches have emerged which attempt to incorporate local populations in decentralised systems of resource management. This collection examines several such innovative strategies in the Amazon rainforest which involve multi-institutional responses to environmental threats with initial results that offer cautious hope for the future.