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Why Women Are Conservation Leaders in Rural Costa Rica

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Women in Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica, have emerged as leaders in local organizations to promote conservation and management of forest resources. Questionnaires and interviews with a group of these women reveal that they understand the link between the state of the forests and water resources. Soil conservation, biodiversity, aesthetics, and ecotourism were important reasons for conserving the forests; timber was considered only moderately important. The women were motivated by the perception that no else had assumed responsibility for conservation--a perception that international foresters can use to enhance their ability to promote sustainability.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor, School of Natural Resources, Ohio State University, 2021 Coffey Road, Columbus 43210-1085

Publication date: December 1, 1998

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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