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Biocultural Diversity and Sustainability
Biocultural diversity and sustainability
Introduction

Conventional approaches to environmental conservation have tended to consider the role of humans only or mostly in terms of the threats that the intensification of human extractive and transformative activities poses for the environment. From this perspective, finding solutions to environmental problems largely means seeking to put a halt to those activities by “taking human hands off” what is seen as the last remaining pristine environments on the planet (Terborgh, 1999). Underlying this perspective is a philosophical view that depicts humans as external to, and separate from, nature, and interacting with it mostly in an effort to establish dominion over it (Eldredge, 1995). Complementarily, nature is seen as separate from humans and as existing in a primordial, “virgin” ...

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