Just released: Living in the tropical forest in the 21st century
Under the leadership of Geneviève Michon, Stéphanie M. Carrière and Bernard Moizo
As the 21st century begins, key ecosystems in combating climate change, biodiversity hotspots, tropical rainforests provide shelter more than 700 million people. Considered as gatekeepers of the forest by some and drivers of deforestation by others, there are many preconceptions surrounding these forest communities. But who are they really and how do they live in today’s world?
From the last hunter-gatherer peoples to landless migrants, from farmers to rubber growers, including palm oil operators and loggers, this work portrays the full diversity of realities these communities face. It highlights their rich relationships with the forest, their associations, practices and customs. It shows how they fit into globalization and how the global market and public policies affect their way of life. Lastly, it underscores the impact of global change and the resulting financial mechanisms on various forms of tropical forest management and the future of forest communities.