Raish, C., 2000, Lessons for restoration in the traditions of stewardship: sustainable land management in Northern New Mexico, in: Gobster, P.H. & R. B. Hull, ‘Restoring nature’, Island Press, Washington
- Author : Raish, C.
- Year : 2000
- Published in Book : Restoring nature
- Pages : 281-297
- Abstract in English : This paper focuses on the role and importance of traditional environmental knowledge and management practices in producing sustainable land use systems. It examines the relationship between worldview, values, and traditional knowledge on the one hand, and reaching, farming and resources extraction techniques among traditional and indigenous groups on the other. It is argued that traditional practices, although often ignored, make a substantial contribution to the desired conditions of sustainable ecosystems. The examples discussed in this paper demonstrate that sustainable ecosystems can include active human use and management, and have done so for thousands of years. Humans have been part of the ecosystem for several million years and have produced major impacts and changes since plant and animal domestication 10,000 years ago. Human impacts and use cannot now be excluded from vast tracts of land, even if exclusion were desirable. An understanding of traditional knowledge and practices can assist contemporary land managers in designing environmental sound stewardship programs that take into account human sociocultural values and needs as well as resources sustainability.
- Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: urban forestry, nature conservation, sustainability, land management, stewardship.