This book of selected research papers, originally presented at the "Symposium of Fragile Lands of Latin America—The Search for Sustainable Uses," presents some fresh evidence of the viability of a few "non-conventional" strategies for natural resource development and management.
Introduction Part One: Fragile Lands and Technology Transfer: Conceptual Frameworks 1. The Geography of Fragile Lands in Latin America 2. Development of Fragile Lands: An Integrated Approach Reconsidered 3. Transferring Traditional Technology: A Bottom-Up Approach for Fragile Lands Part Two: Strategies for Tropical Rainforest Management 4. Economic Prospects from Tropical Rainforest Ethnobotany 5. Agricultural Systems on the Floodplains of the Peruvian Amazon 6. Production and Profit in Agroforestry: An Example from the Peruvian Amazon 7. Costs and Benefits of Floodplain Forest Management by Rural Inhabitants in the Amazon Estuary: A Case Study of Acai Palm Production 8. Sustained Yield Management of Natural Forests: The Palcazu Production Forest 9. Cuyabeno Wildlife Production Reserve 10. Extractive Reserves: The Rubber Tappers' Strategy for Sustainable Use of the Amazon Rainforest 11. Indigenous Soil Management in the Amazon Basin: Some Implications for Development 12. An Economic Analysis of Huastec Mayan Forest Management Part Three: Strategies for Sustainable Agriculture in the Andean Highlands 13. Agricultural Terraces in Peru's Colca Valley: Promises and Problems of an Ancient Technology 14. Raised Fields and Sustainable Agriculture in the Lake Titicaca Basin of Peru Part Four: A Strategy for Sustainable Agriculture on Desert Streambeds 15. Arroyos and the Development of Agriculture in Northern Mexico Part Five: Research in Progress 16. Developing the Choco Region of Colombia 17. Socioeconomic Analysis of Agroforestry Systems Applied on Demonstration Farms in Central America