Title page for ETD etd-0707103-124904

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Fraser, Elizabeth Ann
URN etd-0707103-124904
Title Conservation Versus Survival: A Cultural Ecological Study of Changing Settlement Patterns, Cultures, and Land Use in the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve of Northeast Honduras
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Geography & Anthropology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Miles Richardson Committee Chair
Craig Colten Committee Member
Kent Mathewson Committee Member
Wayne Hudnall Committee Member
Marcia Simmering Dean's Representative
  • moskitia
  • land cover
  • agriculture
  • frontier
  • miskito
Date of Defense 2003-05-15
Availability unrestricted
Conserving ecologically valuable areas is proclaimed a priority by governments, institutions, and citizens throughout the world. Preventing the erosion of the remaining indigenous cultures also receives widespread support. In response to these desires, numerous protected areas now exist; spaces that theoretically should attain both ecological and cultural preservation. However, many of these areas are found within a larger setting plagued by ongoing struggles to meet basic needs. Often these larger problems create a challenge to, if not work in opposition to, the original aims of protected areas. This study of nine communities looks at these and related issues in the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve of northeast Honduras. It focuses on frontier settlement, within a broader context of changing settlement patterns; on culture change and adaptation by the indigenous Miskito; on the new land use systems introduced by the new Ladino settlers; and on the overall implications for the integrity of the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve.
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