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Conservation Ecology, Human Ecology and the Management of the Commons

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Begossi, Alpina
Conference: Constituting the Commons: Crafting Sustainable Commons in the New Millennium, the Eighth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Conf. Date: May 31-June 4
Date: 2000
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/508
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Region: South America
Subject(s): IASC
common pool resources
resource management
human ecology
local knowledge
Abstract: "This study deals with the importance of ecological concepts and models that have been useful in the management of the commons. Conservation ecology and human ecology are areas of research that have been contributing with tools that are useful to detect the local use of natural resources, individual tactics and strategies, territories, and the distribution of knowledge on natural resources among members of a population. Starting with some principal theoretical foundations of ecology, I will develop aspects of human ecology and of patterns of scale that have shown its usefulness in local management. To illustrate the application of such ecological tools, I give examples of the rubber-tappers from the Upper Juruá Extractive Reserve (Acre, Amazon), of the caboclos from the Jaú National Park (Negro River, Amazon) and of the caiçaras from the Atlantic Forest Coast, living at state parks and protected areas along the coast of Rio and São Paulo."

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