Islands of Rainforest: Agroforestry, Logging and Eco-Tourism in Solomon Islands

1st Edition

Edvard Hviding, Tim Bayliss-Smith

Routledge
Published December 14, 2017
Reference - 404 Pages
ISBN 9781138712300 - CAT# Y324670
Series: Routledge Revivals

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Summary

This title was first published in 2000:  An original and thought-provoking analysis of modern initiatives in the tropical rain forest. While issues such as logging, eco-timber, eco-tourism have been widely analyzed from an outsider’s perspective, this book considers them from the local people’s viewpoint, in terms of a long history of the rainforest uses. The authors demonstrate that the relationship of indigenous people to the tropical forest is not essentially timeless, nor is it primarily spiritual or mystical. It is in fact firmly connected to modern realities, while still being rooted in historical beliefs and practices. Standing at the intersection of anthropology, historical geography and rainforest ecology, and also at the interface of the local and the global, this ethnographically grounded study dispels a number of commonly held assumptions. It reveals how processes of ’impact’ are actually two-way interactions, as local communities in Melanesia incorporate industries like logging into rapidly evolving post-colonial society and economy.

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