Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal
Vol. 22, issue 2 (2011)
Special Issue: Traditional agricultural landscapes and community conserved areas

This issue includes several articles of relevance to TK, including on: traditional agricultural landscapes and community conserved areas: an overview, by guest editors Jessica Brown and Ashish Kothari; social-ecological indicators of resilience in agrarian and natural landscapes, by Frederik J.W. van Oudenhoven, Dunja Mijatovic and Pablo B. Eyzaguirre; the community conserved landscape of the Borana Oromo, Ethiopia: opportunities and problems, by Marco Bassi and Boku Tache; rethinking resource identification and utilization: the reconstruction of indigenous ethnoecological knowledge in Fata’an Wetland, Taiwan, by Wei-Chi Chang; traditional Maori horticultural and ethnopedological praxis in the New Zealand landscape, by Nick Roskruge; relational knowledge systems and their impact on management of mountain ecosystems: approaches to understanding the motivations and expectations of traditional farmers in the maintenance of biodiversity zones in the Andes, by Erick Pajares Garay and Jaime Llosa Larrabure; the conservation of the agrobiodiversity of La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park, by Emili Bassols Isamat et al; and indigenous and community conserved areas in Oaxaca, Mexico, by Gary J. Martin et al.

In their article, guest editors Jessica Brown and Ashish Kothari conclude that across diverse settings, traditional agricultural landscapes created by indigenous peoples and local communities have been shaped by the dynamic interaction of people and nature over time. These landscapes, rich in agro-biodiversity as well as inherent wild biodiversity and cultural and spiritual values, embody human ingenuity and are continually evolving. Key points emerging from their review address the role of traditional ecological knowledge systems, cultural practices and social institutions in creating these landscapes and ensuring their stewardship; the importance of securing customary governance; and need for dynamic socio-ecological indicators to measure the resilience of different landscapes. View the issue, including links to abstracts …