This major work of historical ecology advances the integration of research on environmental and social systems, contributing important lessons for contemporary natural resource policy and management. A diverse, international region, the Pyrenees has been characterized as a quintessential example of rural areas across Europe and North America. The authors use qualitative and quantitative methods from ecomics, history, anthropology, and ecological science to integrate human agency and ecology across a landscape that moved from agricultural and pastoral production to industrialization, then experienced acute depopulation, and w is becoming a focus of conservation and tourism. The book shows how today's most pressing resource policy challenges are best illuminated by this broad, long-term understanding of humans and landscapes.
Ismael Vaccaro holds a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology and the School of Environment at McGill University and director of the Neotropical Environmental Option (McGill and Smithsonian Tropical Institute).Oriol Beltran is associate professor of social anthropology at Universitat de Barcelona, and co-author of Between Love and Interest: The Process of Val d Aran Marriage (Grasineau 1993)and The Aranese House: Anthropology of Architecture in the Val d Aran (1997).