The International Forestry Review: Special Issue: Forests, Biodiversity and Food Security
T.C.H. Sunderland and A. J. Pottinger (eds)
Commonwealth Forestry Association, Vol. 13(3), 2011

This special issue contains a set of papers that explore the linkages between biodiversity, forest, food security and human nutrition, and their implications. They highlight that relationships between forests and people’s food security and health are far from static. A few of the important drivers for change include: forest cover loss and environmental change from agricultural expansion; socio-cultural changes; and changes in income, market access and market integration. Several articles particularly explore social and cultural aspects of changing relationships between forests and human health. In The interweave of people and place: biocultural diversity in migrant and indigenous livelihoods around Mount Cameroon, S. A. Laird et al compare and contrast established practices of resource management and use by indigenous and other long-established populations with those practiced by migrant new-comers, in a well-endowed area in the Mount Cameroon region in West Africa. Their findings show that indigenous livelihoods draw upon management of a broader range of habitats and species that migrants, and have a much greater use of forest products in the subsistence component of their livelihoods, due to their superior knowledge of the resource. The study concludes that the managed landscapes of indigenous villages can contribute to broader conservation efforts in the region, including those associated with the newly established Mount Cameroon National Park. View the issue, including links to abstracts …

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