Community Action for Conservation: Mexican Experiences
Luciana Porter-Bolland, Isabel Ruiz-Mallén, Claudia Camacho-Benavides, Susannah McCandless (eds), Springer 2013 | ISBN 978-1-4614-7955-0

This book addresses some of the critical issues facing community-based conservation by reflecting on specific cases within Mexico. Case studies presented focus on the concept of “biocultural diversity”, which links linguistic, cultural, and biological diversity, as a central element of progressive conservation. In the Foreword, Janis Bristol Alcorn highlights the two keys for successful conservation in the country: Mexican willingness to appreciate and support local diversity, and an understanding that future national resilience depends on maintaining local, self-generated resilience within supportive national frameworks. The publication’s collection of original stories and analyses of the Mexican experience with community-based conservation demonstrate possible outcomes when institutions respond flexibly to local conservation options that vary from place to place within the country. The book includes three sections. Section One provides a general approach to the context of community-based conservation in Mexico. Section Two presents examples and reflections on diverse community initiatives for conservation that range from ICCAs to co-managed areas, and discusses issues affecting local participation in conservation. Section Three explores methodological approaches to understanding and strengthening community-based conservation; the three chapters within this final section cover measuring participation by local communities, community-based biodiversity monitoring, and tools for understanding children’s perceptions of community conservation. Purchase of the book or individual chapters can be made online. Authors can also disseminate electronic copies for professional non-commercial research and classroom use. For inquiries, please contact Susannah McCandless (susannah(at) Further information …