Were People Traditionally Conservationists?

Jean‐Marie Baland and Jean‐Philippe Platteau

in Halting Degradation of Natural Resources

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198290612
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601613 | DOI:
 Were People Traditionally Conservationists?

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This chapter analyses resource management by traditional rural communities. It argues that traditional rural communities are not inherently conservationists despite their ability to perceive and solve distributive problems in the use of natural resources. They have been less efficient in preventing the depletion/degradation of common property resources because they view their natural environment and their relations with it differently from people in modern, rationalist societies.

Keywords: conservationist; resource management; traditional rural communities

Chapter.  27865 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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