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CFC Professor Steve Siebert Explores the Natural History and Culture of Rattan in a New Book

The Nature and Culture of Rattan: Reflections on Vanishing Life in the Forests of Southeast Asia 2012. Univ. of Hawai'i Press.

The Nature and Culture of Rattan examines the ecology, use, management and cultural importance of one of the world’s most important forest products through the knowledge, practices and lives of rattan cane collectors and artisans in three Southeast Asian forest villages where the author lived and worked over a 25 year period.  Author Siebert brings to life crucial issues in tropical forest conservation and management, including government policies, household livelihood strategies, conflicts between local resource use and western protected area management approaches, and the value of integrating scientific inquiry with traditional ecological knowledge and practice.

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