Environmental Conservation and Social Development Addressed in New Book Edition

Arlington, VA. Amakella Publishing announced the publication of the second edition of Hunting Practices of the Wachiperi: Demystifying Indigenous Environmental Behavior, by Rodolfo Tello, scheduled for release on December 26, 2014. This book addresses the relationship between indigenous peoples and environmental conservation in tropical forests, pointing out the need to rethink our understanding of indigenous environmental behavior.

When it comes to environmental conservation and sustainable development initiatives in tropical forests, indigenous peoples are key players. They have been described often as either conservationists or destroyers of biodiversity. The central question about what makes indigenous peoples conserve or degrade biodiversity, however, has posed a significant challenge, until now, particularly in light of widespread trends such as cultural change, market expansion, and greater diversification of livelihoods.

The reasons why indigenous communities end up degrading or conserving natural resources are addressed in a comprehensive yet accessible manner in this book, filling a critical gap in knowledge about the socioeconomic drivers of biodiversity loss, and the rise of community-based conservation, using the hunting trends and conservation efforts of the Wachiperi for this analysis.

The second edition of this book includes significant readability improvements. Readers could benefit from the lessons provided in this book about achieving both socioeconomic development and biodiversity conservation by engaging indigenous communities in a sustainable manner.

Rodolfo Tello was responsible for supervising the appropriate implementation of the social safeguard policies of a large multilateral bank, particularly on issues related to involuntary resettlement, indigenous peoples and sustainable development. He worked in different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. He holds a PhD in anthropology from American University and has a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. He currently works as a consultant for an international development organization in Washington, DC.

Amakella Publishing is an independent book publishing company registered in Arlington, Virginia. Our focus is on creative nonfiction works in areas such as social sciences, international development, environmental conservation and current affairs. To request an advance copy for review, contact the author, or obtain additional information about this book please contact us at info@amakella.com or by telephone at (202) 239-8381. Further details can be also found in our company's website (www.amakella.com).

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