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What is the world giving up when the tropical rain forests are destroyed? This work reports on the many uses the Kenyah make of the various stages of forest regrowth, the under-recognized benefits gained from the forest, and the forest's value beyond what is attached to it by outsiders.
Carol is a Senior Associate (anthropologist) with CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor, Indonesia); and a Visiting Fellow at CIIFAD (Cornell Institute for International Food and Agricultural Development) at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She has long, ethnographic experience in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the United States; and global, forest-related experience in criteria and indicators, adaptive collaborative management and governance. Her interests include gender and diversity, people and forests, health and population, and conservation and development issues. Carol T Pierce Colfer's Author Page
My students and I study the social processes that affect the management of land-based resources, using ethnographic, historical, and other broadly sociological research methods. My work explores various dimensions of resource access, use, and control, while comparing and contrasting local, national, and international influences on management structures and processes. I ground my analysis of contemporary resource management policy and practice in local and regional histories. I am particularly interested in how social difference—ethnic identity, class, gender—affects resource access and control. How do government and non-government institutions and actors define, make claims upon, contest, and attempt to manage natural resources? In my early research on forest and agrarian politics and socio- environmental change in Indonesia, I studied trade in non- timber forest products in East Kalimantan, village-state conflicts in the teak and montane forests of Java, the role of forestry and social forestry in state formation, and changes in forest management practices and resource rights among indigenous swidden cultivators in West Kalimantan. The scope of my research has expanded in the past ten years. Nancy Lee Peluso's Author Page
Chin See Chung did his Ph.D. dissertation work with the Kenyah people of Malaysia, earning a Ph.D. at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. His 1984 dissertation was entitled, "Agriculture and Resource Utilization in a Lowland Rainforest Kenyah Community." He has authored various books and papers including "Logging Against the Natives of Sarawak", and "Managing Malaysia's Forests for Sustained Production." Most recently, Dr. Chung was Director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens from 1996-2010. Chin See Chung's Author Page