Governing the Rainforest

Brosius, J. Peter. 1999. “Analysis and Interventions: Anthropological Engagements with Environmentalism.” Current Anthropology 40 (3):277–309. Browder, John O., and Brian Godfrey. 1993. Rainforest Cities: Urbanization, Development, ...


Author: Eve Z. Bratman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190949402

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

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Sustainable development is often thought of as a product that can be obtained by following a prescribed course of interventions. Rather than conceptualizing it as a sweet spot of economic, ecological, and social balance, sustainable development is an ongoing process of embroilments requiring constant negotiation of often-competing aims. Sustainable development politics yield highly uneven results among different members of society and different geographic areas. As this book argues, such imbalances mean that sustainable development processes often prioritize economic over environmental goals, perpetuating and reinforcing economic and political inequalities. Governing the Rainforest looks at development and conservation efforts in the Brazilian Amazon, where the government and corporate interests bump up against those of environmentalists and local populations. This book asks why sustainable development continues to be such a powerful and influential idea in the region, and what impact it has had on various political and economic interests and geographic areas. In other words, as Eve Z. Bratman argues, sustainable development is a political practice in itself. This book offers detailed case study analysis, including of the creation of vast conservation corridors, the construction of one of the largest hydroelectric plants in the world, and new forms of land settlement projects. Based on a decade of Bratman's ethnographic fieldwork throughout Brazil, and particularly along the Trans-Amazonian Highway, Governing the Rainforest offers a fresh take on sustainable development within a multi-level analysis of actors, discourses, and practices.

Tropical Forest Conservation

Rainforest Cities: The Urban Transformation of Brazilian Amazonia. New York: Columbia University Press. Browder, J., E. Matricardi, and W. Abdala. 1996. “Is Sustainable Tropical Timber Production Financially Viable?


Author: Douglas Southgate

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195355067

Category: Science

Page: 192

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Attempts to halt the destruction of rain forests and other natural habitats in the tropics have met with little success. In particular, national parks, like those found in wealthy nations, have proven difficult to establish in Africa, Asia, and South and Central America. More often than not, people inhabiting areas designated for protection resist being told by outsiders that they must change how and where they live. Alternative approaches, frequently embodied in integrated conservation and development projects (ICDPs), are now being pursued. The goal is to address local communities' desires for improved standards of living while simultaneously meeting conservation objectives. Nature-based tourism and sustainable harvesting of forest products are the centerpieces of ICDPs and related initiatives. This book assesses the viability of conservation strategies predicated on the adoption of environmentally sound enterprises in and around threatened habitats. Drawing on research in Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru and on his extensive experience working in South and Central America and the Caribbean, the author demonstrates that it is rare for forest dwellers to derive much benefit from ecotourism, the extraction of timber and other commodities, or the collection of samples used in pharmaceutical research. Often these activities are simply unprofitable. Even when they are profitable, the benefits tend not to accrue locally, but instead are captured by outside firms and individuals who can provide important services like safe and reliable transportation. The author contends that human capital formation and related productivity-enhancing investment is the only sure path to economic progress and habitat conservation.

Rainforest Cities

"Comprehensive and useful analysis of region's urbanization process.


Author: John O. Browder

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231106556

Category: Science

Page: 429

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"Comprehensive and useful analysis of region's urbanization process. Compares eastern and western segments, and illustrates heterogeneity of urban frontier. Concludes that current theories of urbanization are inappropriate for Amazonian cities"--Handbookof Latin American Studies, v. 57.

Ordinary Cities

Brenner , N. ( 2002 ) ' Decoding the Newest “ Metropolitan Regionalism " in the USA : A Critical Overview ' , Cities 19 , 1 : 3–21 . Browder , J. O. and B. J. Godfrey ( 1997 ) Rainforest Cities : Urbanisation , Development and ...


Author: Jennifer Robinson

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415304873

Category: Architecture

Page: 204

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This work establishes a new framework for thinking about urban development across a longstanding divide in urban scholarship and also in the realm of urban policy, between Western and other kinds of cities, especially those labelled Third World.

Developing Frontier Cities

Browder, J.O. (1997) Rainforest Cities: Urbanization, Development and Globalization of the Brazilian Amazon. Columbia University Press: New York. Browder, J.O., and B.J. Godfrey (1990) Frontier urbanization in the Brazilian Amazon: A ...


Author: Harvey Lithwick

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789401712354

Category: Social Science

Page: 348

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The Unique Nature of Frontier Cities and their Development Challenge Harvey Lithwick and Yehuda Grad us The advent of government downsizing, and globalization has led to enormous com petitive pressures as well as the opening of new opportunities. How cities in remote frontier areas might cope with what for them might appear to be a devastating challenge is the subject of this book. Our concern is with frontier cities in particular. In our earlier study, Frontiers in Regional Development (Rowman and Littlefield, 1996), we examined the distinction between frontiers and peripheries. The terms are often used interchangeably, but we believe that in fact, both in scholarly works and in popular usage, very different connotations are conveyed by these concepts. Frontiers evoke a strong positive image, of sparsely settled territories, offering challenges, adventure, unspoiled natural land scapes, and a different, and for many an attractive life style. Frontiers are lands of opportunity. Peripheries conjure up negative images, of inaccessibility, inadequate services and political and economic marginality. They are places to escape from, rather than frontiers, which is were people escape to. Peripheries are places of and for losers.

The World s Most Amazing Lost Cities

The Spanish never found their city of gold. Explorers searching for the city died in the Amazon rainforest. Now experts may be able to finally find El Dorado. Photographs of areas where the rainforest has been cleared were taken from ...


Author: Ann Weil

Publisher: Raintree

ISBN: 9781406227598

Category: Cities and towns, Ancient

Page: 32

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Touching on famous ruins, some real (Machu Picchu) and some the stuff of legend (Atlantis), this title also exposes readers to some lesser-known places, such as the incredibly photogenic rock-cliff city of Petra.

Rain Forests

Rainforest Action Network and PBS Online . “ Science in the Rainforest : ACtion Alert 114 : Loggers Raid Amazon for Mahogany ! ... Rainforest Cities : Urbanization , Development , and Globalization of the Brazilian Amazon .


Author: HaiSong Harvey

Publisher: Greenhaven Press, Incorporated

ISBN: CORNELL:31924089551851

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

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Provides eleven articles by authors of different backgrounds with differing viewpoints on the destruction of the rain forests and the threat that deforestation poses to indigenous people, biodiversity, and the Earth's climate.

Ancient Maya

The Rise and Fall of a Rainforest Civilization Arthur Demarest, Demarest, Arthur Andrew Demarest ... He provides a new explanation of the longstanding mystery of the ninth - century abandonment of most of the great rainforest cities .


Author: Arthur Demarest

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521533902

Category: History

Page: 373

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Ancient Maya comes to life in this new holistic and theoretical study.


forests but also the growing number of people living in the substantial cities. The vast metropolis of Kinshasa faces its smaller (but still large) neighbour Brazzaville across the broad lower reaches of the Congo river about 150 ...


Author: Tony Juniper

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 9781782832492

Category: Nature


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Rainforests are the lungs of our planet - regulators of the earth's temperature and weather. They are also home to 50 per cent of the world's animals and plants - which for centuries have been the source of many of our key medicines. And yet we've all heard of their systematic destruction; the raising of trees to make way for plantations of oil palms or cattle, the disenfranchisement of indigenous peoples, and the corruption that leads to illegal logging and pollution. But this is the full story you've never heard: an in depth, wide-ranging, first-hand narrative that not only looks at the state of the world's tropical rainforests today and the implications arising from their continuing decline, but also at what is being done, and can be done in future, to protect the forests and the 1.6 billion people that depend upon them. It is inspirational, too, in its descriptions of the rainforest's remarkable birds and plants ... and its indigenous people. Rainforest is a personal story, drawing on the author's many years' experience at the frontline of the fight to save the rainforests, explaining the science and history of the campaigns, and what it has felt like to be there, amid the conflicts and dilemmas.

Resilient City

A major influence on rainfall and the said hydrological cycles in the rainforest is the relationship of the two seas surrounding the continent, the equatorial Pacific in the west and the tropical Atlantic in the east.


Author: Elke Mertens

Publisher: Birkhäuser

ISBN: 9783035622652

Category: Architecture

Page: 240

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Climate change is one of the major challenges facing cities in the future. Landscape architecture is particularly in demand here because it offers solutions that are characterized by complexity and interdisciplinarity and contribute to the quality of everyday life. These range from green roofs and facades to urban gardening and the landscaping of large-scale protection works. This volume presents measures and plans of eleven major cities in North and South America, from Vancouver to Rio de Janeiro, to protect their inhabitants and their habitats against future storms, floods, landslides or long periods of heat and drought. Outstanding projects in the featured cities are analyzed in their geographic and climatic context. The author also addresses the social and cultural dimensions of resilience.