Chatty and Colchester - Chapter 22
In this chapter I am concerned with the history of the application of
conservation policies to the Lacandon selva located in Chiapas, the
south-eastern state of Mexico (see Figure 1). First I will present a
short case history of the colonization and attempted conservation of
the Lacandon selva in the second half of the twentieth century.
Secondly I will mention different conservation paradigms and some of
the social agents who deliver their discourses on the human/nature
relationship, ecological crisis, Mexican Indian ecology and
conservation, and offer my criticism of these discourses. I will argue
that the ecological crisis and the loss of biomass of the tropical
rainforest is due to the chaotic implementation of the different and,
on occasions, incompatible conservation strategies resulting from the
clashes of interests of different social actors.