The destruction of the tropical forest is one of the major problems of our time. Vast areas are rapidly becoming wastelands which support only a few tough weeds, perhaps some cattle, and the farms allowed to the poor.
This book provides a vision of hope: in Latin America. Africa. And South East Asia, growing numbers of people are developing techniques specifically designed to promote the wise use and preservation of remaining forest lands. However, these grassroots strategies are often ignored in favour of grandiose schemes which inevitably fail. This pattern must be broken now or the tropical forests will be lost forever. Published in association with the Smithsonian Institution. Preface by Michael Robinson, Director, National Zoological Park. Smithsonian Institution Originally published in 1988
Preface: Beyond Destruction, Success (by Michael H. Robinson) Foreword Acknowledgements Part I: The Specter of Deforestation Chapter 1: Forest Reserves The Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve: Conservation of Forest and Sea, Mexico The Community Baboon Reserve: An Approach to the Conservation of Private Lands, Belize Land Titling and Forest Protection around the Gandoca/Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica La Amistad Biosphere Reserve, Costa Rica The Kuna Yala Biosphere 'Comarca': An Indigenous Application of the Conservation Concept, Panama A Bi-National Approach to the Protection of Indian Lands, Colombia and Ecuador The Cuyabeno Wildlife Production Reserve, Ecuador Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru Protection and Development in and about Khao Yai Park, Thailand Protecting Wildlife and Watersheds at Dumoga Bone, Indonesia A Community-Managed Buffer Zone for a Nature Reserve, Indonesia Korup National Park, Cameroon Chapter 2: Sustainable Agriculture Lessons from Mayan Agriculture, Central America An Intensive Agricultural System for Forests with Karsted Limestone Areas, Mexico Converting from Beef to Dairy Cattle, Costa Rica Iguana Ranching: A Model for Reforestation, Panama Resource Management by the Kayapo, Brazil Japanese Farming in the Amazon Basin, Brazil Long-term Cultivation of Swidden-Fallows by Bora Indians, Peru Market-oriented Agroforestry in the Amazon, Peru Javanese Home Gardens, Indonesia An Extension Service for Shifting Agriculturalists, New Guinea Chapter 3: Natural Forest Management A Sustainable Silvicultural System for Forests, Suriname Harvesting the Flood Plain Forests, Brazil Extractive Reserves: A Sustainable Development Alternative for Amazonia, Brazil Natural Forest Regeneration and Paper Production, Colombia Public and Private Cooperation in Protecting and Managing a Tropical Watershed, Colombia Sustained-Yield Management of Natural Forests in the Palcazu Development Project, Peru The Conservation of Oku Mountain Forests for Wildlife, Watershed, Medicinal Plants and Honey, Cameroon Chapter 4: Tropical Forest Restoration Agroforestry and Outreach Project, Haiti Growing Forest from Habitat Fragments in Guanacaste National Park, Costa Rica Reforestation of Amazonian Bauxite Mines Using Native Species, Brazil Rehabilitation of Damaged Ecosystems in the Amazon Basin, Brazil Plan Bosque: Incentives for Planting and Tending Trees, Ecuador Xiaoliang Water and Soil Conservation, China The Forest Villages, Thailand Soil Conservation on Steep Tropical Slopes, Philippines Village Forest Project, Uganda Notes Suggested Reading Index