CFP, SfAA 2010 (Merida, Mexico). The Biodiversity Conservation Industry in Mexico: Perspectives, Trends, and Challenges

**Please circulate this CFP to anyone who may be interested. The session is open to any work on protected areas in Mexico.**

The Biodiversity Conservation Industry in Mexico: Perspectives, Trends, and Challenges

Ideological and material forms of globalization are germane to the biodiversity and conservation industry of Mexico. Biosphere Reserves in Mexico present a community-oriented development paradigm that is intended to achieve conservation of resources while empowering rural and marginalized communities. This session focuses on the cultural, political, and environmental dynamics within Mexican Biosphere Reserves and other protected areas by considering: the formation of protected areas; the process of doing research and collaboration within Biosphere Reserves; local resistance to protected areas; and the emerging roles of Biosphere Reserves in global markets. The examples presented highlight actual, and potential, functions of NGO’s, wildlife management policies, Eco-tourism, and traditional knowledge.

Interested participants should contact the session organizers as soon as possible, but not later than October 1, 2009, with an intent to participate. Final abstract and conference registration are due by October 15, 2009.

Session Organizers:

José E. Martínez-Reyes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Massachusetts-Boston

Elizabeth Olson, PhD
Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
University of California, Merced

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