© 2012

Traditional Forest-Related Knowledge

Sustaining Communities, Ecosystems and Biocultural Diversity

  • John A. Parrotta
  • Ronald L. Trosper

Part of the World Forests book series (WFSE, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Doris Mutta, Dominic Byarugaba, William Armand Mala
    Pages 37-78
  3. Mónica Gabay, Santiago Barros, Sebastián Bessonart
    Pages 79-117
  4. Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez, Susanna Hecht, Christine Padoch
    Pages 119-155
  5. Ronald L. Trosper, Fred Clark, Patrica Gerez-Fernandez, Frank Lake, Deborah McGregor, Charles M. Peters et al.
    Pages 157-201
  6. Elisabeth Johann, Mauro Agnoletti, János Bölöni, Seçil Yurdakul Erol, Kate Holl, Jürgen Kusmin et al.
    Pages 203-249
  7. Vladimir Bocharnikov, Andrey Laletin, Per Angelstam, Ilya Domashov, Marine Elbakidze, Olesya Kaspruk et al.
    Pages 251-279
  8. Youn Yeo-Chang, Liu Jinlong, Sakuma Daisuke, Kim Kiweon, Masahiro Ichikawa, Shin Joon-Hwan et al.
    Pages 281-313
  9. P. S. Ramakrishnan, K. S. Rao, U. M. Chandrashekara, N. Chhetri, H. K. Gupta, S. Patnaik et al.
    Pages 315-356
  10. Lim Hin Fui, Liang Luohui, Leni D. Camacho, Edwin A. Combalicer, Savinder Kaur Kapar Singh
    Pages 357-394
  11. Suzanne A. Feary, David Eastburn, Nalish Sam, Jean Kennedy
    Pages 395-447
  12. Jesús García Latorre, Juan García Latorre
    Pages 449-490
  13. John A. Parrotta, Mauro Agnoletti
    Pages 491-533
  14. Christian Gamborg, Reg Parsons, Rajindra K. Puri, Peter Sandøe
    Pages 535-562
  15. Ronald L. Trosper, John A. Parrotta, Mauro Agnoletti, Vladimir Bocharnikov, Suzanne A. Feary, Mónica Gabay et al.
    Pages 563-588
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 589-621

About this book


Exploring a topic of vital and ongoing importance, Traditional Forest Knowledge examines the history, current status and trends in the development and application of traditional forest knowledge by local and indigenous communities worldwide. It considers the interplay between traditional beliefs and practices and formal forest science and interrogates the often uneasy relationship between these different knowledge systems.

The contents also highlight efforts to conserve and promote traditional forest management practices that balance the environmental, economic and social objectives of forest management. It places these efforts in the context of recent trends towards the devolution of forest management authority in many parts of the world.

The book includes regional chapters covering North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Australia-Pacific region. As well as relating the general factors mentioned above to these specific areas, these chapters cover issues of special regional significance,  such as the importance of traditional knowledge and practices for food security, economic development and cultural identity.  Other chapters examine topics ranging from key policy issues to the significant programs of regional and international organisations, and from research ethics and best practices for scientific study of traditional knowledge to the adaptation of traditional forest knowledge to climate change and globalisation.

"Forestry, the oldest of the resource management sciences, has been coming under pressure in recent years to incorporate multiple values. Traditional Forest-Related Knowledge is remarkable for its comprehensive coverage of world regions and 'hot' topics such as globalization, climate change and research ethics. It is a unique book, marking a breakthrough with its authoritative treatment of alternative sources of knowledge and multiple perspectives, and contributing to a paradigm change in forest management."


- Fikret Berkes, Distinguished Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Manitoba, and author of Sacred Ecology


biocultural diversity forest History forest resources indigenous and local communities traditional knowledge

Editors and affiliations

  • John A. Parrotta
    • 1
  • Ronald L. Trosper
    • 2
  1. 1., Research & Development BranchU.S. Forest ServiceArlingtonUSA
  2. 2., American Indian StudiesThe University of ArizonaTusconUSA

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From the reviews:

“Parrotta (US Forest Service) and Trosper (Univ. of British Columbia, Canada) have compiled and edited an interesting collection of papers that comprehensively review ‘traditional forest-related knowledge.’ … the book will have the most interest to upper-level undergraduates and beyond who have a focus on international forestry, traditional forestry practices, and issues of human/environmental interactions. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals.” (J. L. Rhoades, Choice, Vol. 49 (10), June, 2012)

“Traditional Forest-Related-Knowledge … is an encyclopedic treatment of the topic with something for everyone. … the elements through which they are compared are carefully chosen to reveal the core of TFRK. This is an enlightening treatment of the topic. The chapter on ethics is similarly thoughtful and enlightening. … This chapter should be read by anyone doing research with indigenous people, or, for that matter, any field researcher at all.” (Louise Fortmann, International Journal of the Commons, Vol. 6 (2), August, 2012)