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Participatory Biodiversity Conservation

Concepts, Experiences, and Perspectives

  • Cristina Baldauf

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

  3. Beyond “Fortress Conservation”: Reflections and Experiences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Charles R. Clement, Carolina Levis, Juliano Franco-Moraes, André Braga Junqueira
      Pages 35-51
    3. Winy Vasquez, Terry Sunderland
      Pages 53-68
    4. Luis García-Barrios, Juana Cruz-Morales, Marco Braasch, Yanus Dechnik-Vázquez, Alonso Gutiérrez-Navarro, Amayrani Meza-Jiménez et al.
      Pages 69-89
    5. Ivanilson de Souza Maia, Dárlio Inácio Alves Teixeira, Vigínia Maria Cavalari Henriques, Maulori Curié Cabral
      Pages 91-98
    6. João Vitor Campos-Silva, Joseph E. Hawes, Carolina T. Freitas, Paulo C. M. Andrade, Carlos A. Peres
      Pages 99-111
    7. Taline Cristina da Silva, Juliana Loureiro de Almeida Campus, Regina Célia da Silva Oliveira
      Pages 151-163
    8. Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares, Petra Benyei, André B. Junqueira, Victoria Reyes-García
      Pages 165-183
  4. Participatory Biodiversity Conservation: The Challenges Ahead

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 233-237

About this book


It has long been claimed that addressing biodiversity loss and other environmental problems demands a better understanding of the social dimensions of conservation; nevertheless, the active participation of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) in conservation initiatives is still a challenging and somehow controversial issue. In this context, this book hopes to give voice to other perspectives related to biodiversity conservation beyond the “fortress conservation” model and emphasize one of the pillars of democracy – popular participation. It covers a wide range of environments and issues of special significance to the topic, such as the expansion of culturally constructed niches, protected areas and food security, community-based management, participatory agroforestry, productive restoration and biocultural conservation. The contents also explore the limitations and shortcomings of participatory practices in protected areas, the relationship between the global crisis of democracy and the decline of biocultural diversity, as well as present current discussions on policy frameworks and governance systems for effective participatory biodiversity conservation. In sum, this book provides a comprehensive and realistic perspective on the social dimensions of conservation based on a series of interrelated themes in participatory biodiversity conservation. The connections between biocultural conservation and the current political and economic environment are highlighted through the chapters and the book closes with a debate on ways to reconcile human welfare, environmental justice and biodiversity conservation.


community-based conservation protected areas management conservation social science biocultural conservation social dimension of conservation

Editors and affiliations

  • Cristina Baldauf
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de BiociênciasUniversidade Federal Rural do Semi-ÁridoMossoróBrazil

About the editors

Cristina Baldauf has a BSc from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, MSc from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, and PhD from Universidade Estadual de Campinas. Currently, she is Associate Professor at Universidade Federal Rural do Semi-árido in Brazil, where she leads the Ethnoecology and Biodiversity Laboratory. Her research explores the relationship between traditional/local livelihoods and conservation using interdisciplinary approaches. She has an extensive experience in projects related to participatory biodiversity conservation in distinct regions and biomes.

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