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The changing village environment in southeast Asia: Applied anthropology and environmental reclamation in the northern Philippines

  • Dressler, W.

For several decades, south east Asian countries have experienced project interventions that seek to support local livelihoods as a means to reduce deforestation.  The Philippines are no exception.  Since the fall of Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, and even before then, the state, NGOs and private sector companies have designed programmes and projects seeking to curb swidden cultivation.This book is useful for students attempting to differentiate and redress the relative impacts of livelihood activities on upland forests in the Philippines.  The success of comunity-based conservation is contingent on long-term consultation, building local rapport and trust.  Once local users find direct value in such interventions, they themselves carry it forward.  

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    Reviewed: Ben J. Wallace. The Changing Village Environment in Southeast Asia: Applied Anthropology and Environmental Reclamation in the Northern Philippines. London, United Kingdom. Routledge. 2006. In Mountain Research and Development, Vol 27, No 4, Nov 2007: 386-387: http://www.bioone.org/doi/pdf/10.1659/mrd.mm026