The Amazon region has received considerable worldwide attention in recent years, from several aspects - the home that it provides to indigenous peoples; its role in mediating regional and global climates; the integrity of its ecological systems following disturbance and transformation; the biological and cultural diversity that it supports; and so on. Very often, the reports and commentaries come from outside the countries and peoples of the region, while much of the thinking about Amazonia from within is not widely known or accessible. It is within such a perspective that the present volume has been conceived and has taken form. The volume is concerned with Amazonian ecology, resource use and development, as perceived by researchers, scholars and resource managers from Brazil or who have for a long period lived and worked there. The volume comprises thirteen chapters which, as an ensemble, provide multiple insights on Amazonia - climate and hydrology, urbanization processes, biological and ecological diversity, forests and agroforestry, rehabilitation of degraded land and water areas, extractive reserves and extractivism, fisheries and aquaculture, mining, agriculture, resource management and development planning.
Climatic and hydrological conditions as key factors for ecodevelopment strategies / Ilse Walker, Ari Marques Filho and Eneas Salati -- Development and management plans for the Amazon region : lessons from the past, proposals for the future / Roberto Messias Franco -- Undoing myths : the Amazon : an urbanized forest / Bertha K. Becker -- Sociodiversity and biodiversity, two sides of the same equation / Walter Neves -- Agroforestry in Brazil's Amazonian development policy : the role and limits of a potential use for degraded lands / Philip M. Fearnside -- Rehabilitation of capoeiras, degraded pastures and mining sites / Joao Ferraz -- Amazon and extracting activities / Mary Helena Allegretti -- Development of commercial fisheries in the Amazon Basin and consequences for fish stocks and subsistence fishing / Ronaldo Borges Barthem -- Mining without destruction? : problems and prospects for the garimpos and major mining projects / Roberto Dall'Agnol -- Organizing research for the development of the Amazon region : in Brazil and among the signatory countries of the Amazonian co-operation treaty / José Seixas Lourenço -- Possibilities for sustainable agriculture development in the Brazilian Amazon : an EMBRAPA proposal / Emanuel Adilson Serráo -- Elements for a strategy for territorial settlement and ecodevelopment in the Amazon / Aziz Nacib Ab'Sáber
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