Lacandon Maya ecosystem management: sustainable design for subsistence and environmental restoration.

  title={Lacandon Maya ecosystem management: sustainable design for subsistence and environmental restoration.},
  author={Stewart A.W. Diemont and Jay F. Martin},
  journal={Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America},
  volume={19 1},
  • S. DiemontJay F. Martin
  • Published 2009
  • Environmental Science
  • Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America
Indigenous groups have designed and managed their ecosystems for generations, resulting in biodiversity protection while producing for their family's needs. Here we describe the agroecosystem of the Lacandon Maya, an indigenous group who live in Chiapas, Mexico. The Lacandon practice a form of swidden agriculture that conserves the surrounding rain forest ecosystem while cycling the majority of their land through five successional stages. These stages include an herbaceous stage, two shrub… 

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