Tropical Managed Ecosystems: The Mesoamerican Experience

Hardcover | February 1, 1998

EditorL. Upton Hatch, Marilyn Swisher

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As human activities in the New World Tropics (Neotropics) increase in intensity and extent, sodo the interactions between natural and human-dominated ecosystems. The essays in this book compare the sociocultural and biophysical aspects of managing the resource base in these regions. Itdescribes the potential benefits--and liabilities--of the major food, fuel, and fiber production systems, each one exmined in terms of its potential impact upon resource preservation and utilization. The book is a departure from traditional treatments of agricultural sustainability or naturalresources development in that it addresses the specific systems prevalent in the Neotropics, focusing on the flow between agricultural and natural ecosystems.

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As human activities in the New World Tropics (Neotropics) increase in intensity and extent, sodo the interactions between natural and human-dominated ecosystems. The essays in this book compare the sociocultural and biophysical aspects of managing the resource base in these regions. Itdescribes the potential benefits--and liabilities...

L. Upton Hatch is at Auburn University. Marilyn Swisher is at University of Florida.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 10 × 7.01 × 0.1 inPublished:February 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195102606

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Table of Contents

Part I. Globalization and Sustainable Resource Management: The Issues1. Upton Hatch and Marilyn Swisher: Introduction2. Vernon W. Ruttan: Institutional Constraints on Agricultural Sustainability3. William Ascher: The Logic of Community Resource Management in Latin America4. John C. Mayne: Agroforestry in Guatemala5. Dianne Rocheleau: Sustaining What for Whom? Differences of Interest Within and Between HouseholdsPart II. Challenges to Managing the Natural Resource Base in a Shrinking World6. Mario Boza: Biodiversity Conservation in Mesoamerica7. Gilbert Vargas Ulate: Protecting Natural Resources in a Developing Nation: The Case of Costa Rica8. C. Ronald Carroll and Deborah Kane: Landscape Ecology of Transformed Neotropical Environments9. John C. Mayne: Neotropical Forests: Status and Prediction10. Gilbert Vargas Ulate: The Geography of Dryland Plant Formations in Central America11. Alexis Vasquez-Morera: Soils of Mesoamerica12. Catherine M. Pringle and Frederick N. Scatena: Aquatic Ecosystem Deterioration in Latin America and the Caribbean13. Catherine M. Pringle and Frederick N. Scatena: Freshwater Resource Development: Case Studies from Puerto Rico and Costa Rica14. Carlos L. de la Rosa: Conservation and Sustainable Use of Streams and Rivers in Central AmericaPart III. Food, Fuel, and Fiber Production: Are They Sustainable in a Globalized Economy?15. H. L. Popenoe and M. E. Swisher: Traditional Farming Systems: Panacea or Problem?16. M. Rosemeyer, K. Schlather, and J. Kettler: The Frijol Tapado Agroecosystem: The Survival and Contribution of a Managed Fallow System to Modern Costa Rican Agriculture17. Raul A. Moreno: Food Crop Production Systems in Central America18. Gabriela Soto Munoz: Organic Farming in Central America19. Werner Hagnauer: La Pacica, 40 Years of Farm Ecology20. Carlos A. Jimenez-Crespo: The Sustainability of Mild Production in Mesoamerica21. Lawrence T. Scott: Globalization, Population Growth, and Agroforestry in Mesoamerica: Perspectives for the 21st Century22. John C. Mayne: Biologically Sustainable Agroecosystems: Using Principles of Ecology23. Richard F. Fisher: Forest Plantations in the Tropics24. Susan C. Stonich, John R. Bort, and Luis L. Ovares: Challenges to Sustainability: The Central American Shrimp Mariculture Industry25. David Teichert-Coddington: Shrimp Farming in Southern Honduras: A Case for Sustainable Production26. Denise Stanley: Understanding Conflict in Lowland Forest Zones: Mangrove Access and Deforestation Debates in Southern Honduras27. Upton Hatch and Marilyn Swisher: Conclusion