Biocultural Diversity Conservation: A Global Sourcebook by Luisa Maffi

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By Luisa Maffi

The sector of biocultural variety is rising as a dynamic, integrative method of figuring out the hyperlinks among nature and tradition and the interrelationships among people and the surroundings at scales from the worldwide to the neighborhood. Its multifaceted contributions have ranged from theoretical gildings, to mappings of the overlapping distributions of organic and cultural range, to the improvement of symptoms as instruments to degree, examine, and display screen the kingdom and traits of biocultural variety, to on-the-ground implementation in box tasks. This booklet is a different compendium and research of initiatives from everywhere in the global that take an built-in biocultural method of maintaining cultures and biodiversity. The forty five initiatives reviewed exemplify a brand new concentration in conservation: this can be in response to the rising consciousness that retaining and restoring biodiversity and holding and revitalizing cultural variety and cultural power are in detail, certainly inextricably, interrelated. released with Terralingua and IUCN

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The number in brackets after each project’s name is a unique identifier that cross-links each project to its respective listings in the two synoptic tables in Appendix 1. The numbers also cross-reference the projects to their respective locations on a world map (see Plate 4). 1 The forest–farm boundary at the Kilum-Ijim forest was agreed by participatory decision making with local communities Credit: Jonathan Barnard / BirdLife International Cameroon is among the top ten countries in Africa for high biodiversity and cultural diversity.

How have the links among diversities developed and changed over time, how are these relationships manifested today, and how does one form of diversity affect the others? Is local biodiversity, at least to some extent, a cultural product? How do these diversities and the relationships among them present themselves at different degrees of resolution, from the local to the global, and how are patterns and processes connected across scales? Whereas correlations in the distribution of biological and cultural-linguistic diversity appear strong at the global level, analyses at smaller scales sometimes present a mixed picture in terms of the patterning of these diversities (Smith, 2001).

While the three criteria above broadly guided our selection, we avoided SURVEYING BIOCULTURAL DIVERSITY PROJECTS AROUND THE WORLD 25 screening the projects we surveyed against one pre-defined model of what a biocultural diversity conservation project ‘ought’ to be like. Areas of emphasis In addition to our general selection criteria, we identified four specific areas of emphasis that, based on our understanding of the dynamics of biocultural diversity, we considered relevant for supporting cultural vitality and resilience.

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