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Managed Ecosystems : The Mesoamerican Experience - L. Upton Hatch

Managed Ecosystems

The Mesoamerican Experience

By: L. Upton Hatch (Editor), Marilyn Swisher (Editor)

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As human activities in the New World Tropics (Neotropics) increase in intensity and extent, so do 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. It describes the potential benefits - and liabilities - of the major food, fuel and fibre production systems, each one examined in terms of its potential impact upon resource preservation and utilization. The book is a departure from traditional treatments of agricultural sustainability or natural resources development in that it addresses the specific systems prevalent in the Neotropics, focusing on the flow between agricultural and natural ecosystems. This book is intended for biological, social, and agricultural scientists concerned with sustainability.

Part I. Globalization and Sustainable Resource Management: The Issues 1: Upton Hatch and Marilyn Swisher: Introduction 2: Vernon W. Ruttan: Institutional Constraints on Agricultural Sustainability 3: William Ascher: The Logic of Community Resource Management in Latin America 4: John C. Mayne: Agroforestry in Guatemala 5: Dianne Rocheleau: Sustaining What for Whom? Differences of Interest Within and Between Households Part II. Challenges to Managing the Natural Resource Base in a Shrinking World 6: Mario Boza: Biodiversity Conservation in Mesoamerica 7: Gilbert Vargas Ulate: Protecting Natural Resources in a Developing Nation: The Case of Costa Rica 8: C. Ronald Carroll and Deborah Kane: Landscape Ecology of Transformed Neotropical Environments 9: John C. Mayne: Neotropical Forests: Status and Prediction 10: Gilbert Vargas Ulate: The Geography of Dryland Plant Formations in Central America 11: Alexis Vásquez-Morera: Soils of Mesoamerica 12: Catherine M. Pringle and Frederick N. Scatena: Aquatic Ecosystem Deterioration in Latin America and the Caribbean 13: Catherine M. Pringle and Frederick N. Scatena: Freshwater Resource Development: Case Studies from Puerto Rico and Costa Rica 14: Carlos L. de la Rosa: Conservation and Sustainable Use of Streams and Rivers in Central America Part 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 Agriculture 17: Raúl A. Moreno: Food Crop Production Systems in Central America 18: Gabriela Soto Muñoz: Organic Farming in Central America 19: Werner Hagnauer: La Pacíca, 40 Years of Farm Ecology 20: Carlos A. Jiménez-Crespo: The Sustainability of Mild Production in Mesoamerica 21: Lawrence T. Scott: Globalization, Population Growth, and Agroforestry in Mesoamerica: Perspectives for the 21st Century 22: John C. Mayne: Biologically Sustainable Agroecosystems: Using Principles of Ecology 23: Richard F. Fisher: Forest Plantations in the Tropics 24: Susan C. Stonich, John R. Bort, and Luis L. Ovares: Challenges to Sustainability: The Central American Shrimp Mariculture Industry 25: David Teichert-Coddington: Shrimp Farming in Southern Honduras: A Case for Sustainable Production 26: Denise Stanley: Understanding Conflict in Lowland Forest Zones: Mangrove Access and Deforestation Debates in Southern Honduras 27: Upton Hatch and Marilyn Swisher: Conclusion

ISBN: 9780195102604
ISBN-10: 0195102606
Series: Topics in Sustainable Agronomy S.
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 1st February 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 17.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.76