Boots, Birds, and Binocs... Peru 2011
 
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Today we began to delve into the issue of indigenous rights, and what an issue that is indeed. We read an excerpt from Terborgh's Requiem for Nature, and contrasted with an excerpt from Dowie's  Conservation Refugees. I must say, Terborgh had had few pretensions to the realization of his solution, but rather mused about what he thought the best way to ensure the biodiversity of Manu against the growing threat of increasing human populations within the park.  He views the issue as a zero-sum game, perhaps correctly if much of history has anything to tell us, and he ultimately places the well being of multiple species about that of a few individuals of a particular one.


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 Dowie fiercely retorts, to the point of stretching Terborgh's words, and implying things that Terbourgh quite clearly had disclaimed in the framing of his solution. To be honest, I think Dowie's response'was incredibley heavy handed, especially in contrast to Terborgh's circumlocutions of exculpability. For Dowie to jump to the conclusion that Terborgh had very explicitly cautioned against reeked of poor journalism. I suppose such things are to be expected in such ideological debates. 
~Mateo




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