This study highlights the continued importance of fieldwork in geography. Here, field-based research provides insight into the poorly understood borderlands of Peru and Brazil. Research used a combination of participatory methods, Geographic Information Systems, ethnography, document research, and remote sensing to analyze mapping, logging, and coca cultivation within four borderland watersheds. These data were combined with regional data on coca eradication, resource concessions, conservation units, and indigenous territories from both Brazil and Peru. Field-based results demonstrate these borderlands to be highly contested and poorly mapped with an exploitative and poorly managed timber industry and a dynamic front of coca cultivation contributing to social disruption and environmental degradation. More fieldwork is needed to generate the geographic information necessary for sustainable development and conservation planning and to help local people defend their territory from illegal operators and the imposition of state resource concessions. Ecological Economic Zoning is recommended as a participatory policy framework to improve geographic information and long term planning.189 2004 wholesale prices are 22, 081 US $ per kg in USA (adjusted for inflation) (UNODC 2005a). ... 191 For 2004, UNODC world drug report 2005 states that an inflation adjusted average street price in Europe would be US $88 per gram and in USA US$ 77 per gram (UNODC 2005a). ... territory should be questioned given the poor georeferencing of indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon.
|Title||:||Overcoming Marginality on the Margins: Mapping, Logging, and Coca in the Amazon Borderlands|
|Author||:||David Seward Salisbury|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2007|