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Culture and Nature in the Protection of Andean Landscapes

Jessica Brown and Nora Mitchell
Mountain Research and Development
Vol. 20, No. 3 (Aug., 2000), pp. 212-217
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3674268
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Abstract

Andean landscapes are rich with examples of traditional land uses that have proven sustainable over centuries, contribute to biodiversity and other natural values, and are living examples of cultural heritage. These landscapes and the diverse array of values they represent are, however, exceedingly vulnerable. As countries in the region strengthen existing national systems of protected areas, protection of these working landscapes-places where people live and work (Figure 1)-deserves greater attention and requires new and innovative approaches to conservation. Emerging trends in conservation and protected areas management are creating new opportunities to engage local people in the stewardship of the natural and cultural heritage of working landscapes. This type of community-based approach builds on years of experience yet extends conservation strategies in new ways and holds great promise as a foundation for sustainable land stewardship.

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