Biocultural Diversity Conservation: A Global Sourcebook


Publication: Biocultural Diversity Conservation: A Global Sourcebook. Edited by Luisa Maffi and Ellen Woodley, Earthscan 2010. The material we present in this volume is the outcome of a project carried out over several years by Terralingua. In the course of this project, we conducted a worldwide survey to identify a representative sample of projects that take an integrative approach to sustaining cultures and biodiversity. The 45 projects we selected are ones that recognize the fundamental link between local languages, ecological knowledge, cultural practices, and biodiversity, and that apply this recognition to the design of sustainable solutions to environmental and social problems.

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Policy Matters: Issue 13


Publication: History, Culture, and Conservation, Policy Matters 13 special issue, G. Borrini-Feyerabend, K. MacDonald, and L. Maffi (eds.). “We are dealing with complex and interlinked biocultural phenomena, and the time is ripe to understand them better and apply that understanding in the practice of conservation.” Luisa Maffi co-edited this issue of Policy Matters which includes for the first time, the instigative maps of Rick Stepp, Terralingua, and WWF. These maps are the first ever to show correlations between language, culture and environment. Section III: Understanding and Measuring Biocultural Diversity, contains articles by Luisa Maffi, Rick Stepp, David Harmon and Jonathan Loh, making this a must read for Terralingua enthusiasts and researchers in the field of Biocultural Diversity. The full issue of Policy Matters 13, can be downloaded here.

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Ethnobotany and Conservation of Biocultural Diversity


Publication: Ethnobotany and Conservation of Biocultural Diversity, T. Carlson and L. Maffi (eds.). Advances in Economic Botany Series Vol. 15. Bronx, N.Y.: New York Botanical Garden Press. The volume showcases recent ethnobotanical research conducted by members of a new generation of ethnobiologists, including case studies from the tropical environments of the Amazon Basin, Africa, and Asia. Part 1 focuses on the contributions of traditional ecological knowledge and sustainable use of traditional plant resources. Part 3 deals with ethical issues in ethnobiology.

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