April 22, 2009
The book, titled Forests for the Future, describes "the skills and knowledge used for generations to manage forest ecosystems without destroying them", according to a statement from Indonesia's Indigenous Peoples' Alliance (AMAN) and Down to Earth, the NGOs that published the work.
"Forests for the Future, avoids romanticizing the indigenous way of life," the statement continued. "Instead it presents lessons learned from communities striving to meet today's economic and political challenges. It is a testament to the willingness of indigenous peoples to engage with an international audience so that their ways of forest management may be better known and get the recognition and respect they deserve."
The book can be downloaded for free at http://dte.gn.apc.org/GNSCON.htm