Diagnosing Wild Species Harvest

Resource Use and Conservation


  • Matti Salo, University of Turku, Department of Biology, Turku, Finland
  • Anders Sirén, University of Turku, Department of Geography and Geology, Turku, Finland
  • Risto Kalliola, University of Turku, Department of Geography and Geology, Turku, Finland

Diagnosing Wild Species Harvest bridges gaps of knowledge fragmented among scientific disciplines as it addresses this multifaceted phenomenon that is simultaneously global and local. The authors emphasize the interwoven nature of issues specific to the ecological, economic, and socio-cultural realms of wild species harvest.

The book presents the diagnosing wild species harvest procedure as a universal approach that integrates seven thematic perspectives to harvest systems: resource dynamics, costs and benefits, management, governance, knowledge, spatiality, and legacies. When analyzed, these themes help to build a holistic understanding of this globally important phenomenon. Scholars, professionals and students in various fields related to natural resources will find the book a valuable resource.

Wild species form important resources for people worldwide, and their harvest is a major driver of ecosystem change. Tropical forests regions, including Amazonia, are among those parts of the world where wild species are particularly important for people's livelihoods and larger economies. This book draws on tangible experiences from Amazonia, presented in lively narratives intermingling scientific information with stories of the people engaged in harvest and management of wild species. These stories are linked to relevant theory of wild species harvest and wider discussions on conservation, development, and the global quest of sustainability.

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Readership is wide due to the broad scope of the book. Scholars, professionals and practitioners in all fields related to wild resources management and governance, as well as students in various disciplines including biology, geography, development studies, agriculture, forestry, economics, political science, and anthropology will find the book a valuable resource. The Diagnosing Wild Species Harvest Procedure that is introduced in this book supports research and education in any area and about any wild species of interest. The book also provides valuable information for anyone concerned about the state of Amazonian ecosystems today and tomorrow.


Book information

  • Published: December 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-397204-0

Table of Contents

 PART 1 Focus on Wild Species Harvest

1. All Over the Earth, Since the Dawn of Time

2. A Conceptual Primer to Wild Species Harvest


PART 2 Stories from the Forest Floor

3. The Millennia of Wild Species Harvest in Amazonia

4. On a Winding Trail towards Sustainable Hunting

5. Fishing in and Fishing out the Amazon

6. River Turtles ā€“ They Have Come Back

7. Palm Leaves, Sustainability, and Dignity

8. Collect Locally, Eat Globally ā€“ the Journey of the Brazil Nut

9. Changing the Law of the Jungle ā€“ Forests and Forestry in Peru

10. Biodiversity and Business ā€“ An Experience with Medicinal Plants

11. AƧaƭ: the Forest Farms of the Amazon Estuary

12. Blank Maps and Desires about Biodiversity Wealth


PART 3 Seven Thematic Perspectives

13. Resource Dynamics Behind the Provision from Nature

14. Costs and Benefits Weighted by Harvesters

15. Management of Resource Systems

16. Governance Shaping Incentive Structures

17. Knowledge for Action and Interaction

18. Spatiality in Nature and Society

19. Legacies from the Past and for the Future


PART 4 Diagnosis and Follow-up

20. Diagnosing Wild Species Harvest ā€“ The DWiSH Procedure

21. Whose Interest? Whose Action?

22. Savage, Ravaged, or Managed?