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A Methods Manual (People and Plants International Conservation)

By Gary J. Martin

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Format: Paperback, 296 pages
Other Information: Photographs, line drawings, figures, tables, index
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 January 2004
* The basic text and manual for this rapidly developing subject
* Provides a detailed overview, explaining in a non-technical style the concepts, methods, and skills used
* Re-issued to meet demand, in the "People and Plants Conservation Series"

Ethnobotany is the study of the classification, use and management of plants by people. It draws on a range of disciplines, including natural and social sciences, to show how conservation of plants and of local knowledge about them can be achieved. Ethnobotany is critical to the growing importance of developing new crops and products such as drugs from traditional plants.
This book is the basic introduction to the field, showing how botany, anthropology, ecology, economics, and linguistics are all employed in the techniques and methods involved. It begins by explaining data collection and hypothesis testing and ends with practical ideas on fieldwork ethics and the application of results to conservation and community development. Case studies illustrate the explanations, demonstrating the importance of collaboration in achieving results.

Table of Contents

The 'People and Plants' Initiative * Internal Panel of Advisers * Foreword by Professor G. T. Prance * Preface * Introduction * Data Collection and Hypothesis Testing * Botany * Ethnopharmacology and Related Fields * Anthropology * Ecology * Economics * Linguistics * Ethnobotany, Conservation and Community Development * References * Further Reading * Index

About the Author

Gary Martin is Director of the Global Diversity Foundation and a Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Anthropology Department at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

EAN: 9781844070848
ISBN: 1844070840
Publisher: Earthscan Ltd
Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.9 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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