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Title:Rural People as Conservationists: Querying Neo-Malthusian Assumptions about Biodiversity in Sierra Leone
Authors:Kandeh, H.B.S.
Richards, PaulISNI
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
agricultural ecology
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1161513
Abstract:Contrary to neo-Malthusian assumptions population increase may not necessarily mean less biodiversity. More people may mean more care for the environment. Much depends on the circumstances through which local populations develop an awarenes of, and practical involvement in, biodiversity management. This article considers two instances: the relationship between bird species biodiversity and land use history in the Gola North forest reserve in eastern Sierra Leone, and the links between crop landrace resources and population pressure in Kambia District in the forest-savanna transition zone of northwest Sierra Leone. In the first instance, apparently pristine rain forest turns out on closer inspection to be heavy with the marks of past human occupance, and this may have been good for bird species diversity. In the second case, genetic biodiversity may have been conserved through the activities of farmers selecting and planting materials adapted to harsh physical conditions. App., bibliogr., sum. in English and French.