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  The more we work on the Handbook, the more we realize how many sources of information exist. Faced with the impossibility of describing each organization, journal, network and newsletter in detail, we have created the multimedia centre, where you will find many additional places to learn about ethnobotany, conservation and community development. Each contact is like a seed, waiting to grow into new collaborations and to bear new ideas.    

Internet, World Wide Web, etc.

 There is a vast and ever growing body of information available on the Internet. The best way of finding out what is there is simply by exploring the World Wide Web. James Morley of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew suggests that you begin by visiting the following sites:  

  Another means of obtaining information is to subscribe to a newsgroup or listserver. These serve as a forum for the exchange of information, and are for informal discussions and debates. For example, http://www.bio.net/ contains details of the Newsgroup Network for Biology.  


The People and Plants bookshelf

 From standard references to popular overviews and scholarly texts, our bookshelf is filling up with books that ethnobotanists like to read and consult. Although your bookseller should  be able to get hold of most of these books for you, we include contacts for publications that may be hard to find. Let us know of any other titles you would recommend to fellow readers of the Handbook.  

  Wilson, E.O. 1992. The Diversity of Life. W.W. Norton, New York. In 15 well-written chapters grouped into 3 sections (Violent Nature, Resilient Life; Biodiversity Rising; and The Human Impact), this classic describes how life on earth has evolved, diversified and come under threat from human actions.  

  Cook, F. 1995. Economic Botany Data Collection Standard. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This book provides a system whereby uses of plants can be described and recorded consistently. It gives standardized descriptors and terms for plant uses to a high level of detail and is aimed in particular at people developing databases. Contact: Publications Sales, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AE, UK; Tel. +44.181.3325000,  Fax +44.181.3325197  

  Ponting, C. 1991. A Green History of the World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations. Penguin Books, New York. A concise book on the cultural development and migration of people on a global scale, with a focus on their negative impact on the environment. Ponting provides an intriguing view of the fall of various civilizations, linked to ecological catastrophes.  



 The Natural History Book Service (NHBS) is an international mailorder service for scientists, naturalists and environmentalists around the world. Two catalogues are produced a year covering over 10,000 books. Monographs, gray literature and other information materials are included, from the fields of botany, conservation, ecology, earth sciences, fishing, forestry, marine and freshwater biology, palaeontology and zoology.  

Full details of all titles are also available at the NHBS World Wide Web site, which allows free access to the Booknet database. Orders for books can be made by mail, fax, telephone or e-mail.  

Contact: Natural History Book Service Ltd., 2-3 Wills Road, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5XN, UK; Tel. +44.1803.865913,   Fax +44.1803.865280, e-mail nhbs@nhbs.co.uk Web site http://www.nhbs.co.uk     


.More Newsletters

  • The Indigenous Plant Use Newsletter is published quarterly by the Institute of Natural Resources of South Africa. It includes articles on indigenous plant use activities and international news of relevance to southern Africa. The newsletter also reports on the activities of the South African Indigenous Plant Use Forum (see page 16). Details of new books, forthcoming conferences and workshops are also provided.  

    Contact: Jenny Mander, Institute of Natural Resources, Private Bag X01, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, 3209, South Africa; Tel. +27.331.460796,    Fax +27.331.460895, e-mail mandej@inr.unp.ac.za  
  • The bulletin Funbotánica (Fundación Ecuatoriana para la Investigación y el Desarrollo de la Botánica) keeps botanists in touch with developments and activities within Ecuador. Each issue contains news from organizations and networks, and notices of recent and forthcoming events. As well as short articles, the bulletin includes a directory of scientists around the world who are researching the botany of Ecuador.  

    Contact: Katya Romoleroux, Funbotánica,    A.P. 17-12-580, Quito, Ecuador; Fax +593.2.509573, e-mail funbotan@puce.edu.ec
  • Canopy International is a bimonthly publication which seeks to promote efficient use of natural resources and effective environmental management. It is published by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) of the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The newsletter reports on new research findings, legislation, events and publications.  

    Contact: Canopy International, Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau, College, 4031 Laguna, Philippines.    



  •  Editions Karthala publish a number of works in French on developing countries including Gens du Sud (People of the South), a series of essays on specific aspects of the societies of the South; Hommes et Sociétés (People and Societies), a series of books on human and social sciences; and the series Economie et Développement (Economy and Development), a collection of essays, studies and manuals on agriculture, medicine, nutrition and health, which often include information on plant resources and medicinal plants.

    Contact: Karthala, 22-24 boulevard Arago, 75013 Paris, France; Tel. +33.1.43311559, Fax +33.1.45352705
  • Island Press is a non-profit organization which publishes, markets and distributes books on the conservation of natural resources. Founded in 1978, it publishes and distributes under its own imprint, working with other non-profit organizations. Sustainable Harvest and Marketing of Rain Forest Products, edited by Mark Plotkin and Lisa Famolare and published jointly with Conservation International, is just one of their titles relevant to our field.  

    Contact: Island Press, Suite 300, 1718 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA; Fax +1.202.2341328     


More Journals

  • Ambio: a journal of the human environment has been published since 1972 by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. This international journal is produced eight times a year. Its aim is to report and analyze developments in environmental research, policy and related activities.  

    Contact: AMBIO, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Box 50005, S-104 05 Stockholm, Sweden; Tel. +46.8.6739500 or 673154744, Fax +46.8.673166251  
  • Biodiversity and Conservation is a bimonthly international journal, published by Chapman & Hall, UK. It presents papers dealing with the description, analysis and conservation of biodiversity, and economic, social, political and practical management issues.  

    Contact: Chapman & Hall, 2-6 Boundary Row, London SE1 8HN, UK; Tel. +44.171.8650066, Fax +44.171.52299623, e-mail chsub@itps.co.uk
  • Conservation Biology, the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology (see page 8), comes out six times a year. Each issue includes research papers and essays on conservation and natural resource issues, as well as book reviews, letters to the editor and a section on international conservation news.

    Contact: Journals Subscription Department, Blackwell Science Inc., 238 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA; Tel. +1.617.8767000 

  • Journal d‘Agriculture Traditionelle et de Botanique Appliquée: Revue d‘Ethnobiologie is produced by the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, of Paris. This multidisciplinary journal presents articles, opinion pieces and reviews on subjects covering the relationships between human societies and their natural environment.  

    Contact: Yves Monnier, JATBA, Laboratoire d‘Ethnobiologie-Biogeographie, Museum National d‘Histoire Naturelle, 57 rue Cuvier, 75231 Paris, France; Tel. +33.1.40793428, Fax +33.1.40793669, e-mail dutot@cimrs1.mnhn.fr  
  • Advances in Economic Botany, published by the New York Botanical Garden, is an international forum for the publication of monograph-length research papers, collections of papers and symposia dealing with the uses and management of plants. The series, initiated in 1984, produces titles at irregular intervals. There are nine publications to date, including: Non-timber products from Tropical Forests; New Directions in the Study of Plants and Peoples; Resource Management in Amazonia; thnobotany of the Chácobo Indians; and Ethnobotany in the Neotropics.  

    Contact: Scientific Publications Department, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York 10458-5126, USA; Tel. +1.212.2208721, Fax +1.212.2206504  


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