This chapter introduces the organizing principle of both the volume and the conference that gave rise to itan argument that counters the apocalyptic vision that monopolizes both the popular and scientific literature on tropical ecosystems. It lays out the case for a complex relationship between the two billion people and the forest landscapes in which they reside and challenge the overly simplistic, unidirectional human versus nature narrative that dominates development studies and conservation biology, arguing that both in the present day and historically, relationships between humans and forest landscapes are and have been complex, even in regions that have been held up as poster children for this Malthusian view. It emphasizes the themes of complexity of forest recovery processes, created invisibility of recovering forests, and the importance of understanding forest histories to guide development and conservation efforts.
Topic: environmental change,ideology,politics,rain forests,globalization,conservation,forests,transition
Publisher: Chicago University Press
Publication Year: 2014
Source: Susanna B. Hecht, Kathleen D. Morrison, and Christine Padoch The Social Lives of Forests : Past, Present, and Future of Woodland Resurgence. 1-8