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This year Elinor Ostrom shares the Nobel Prize in Economics with Oliver Williamson who both analyse economic transactions occuring outside the markets. Ostrom is also the first woman to receive the prize. Her work led to the foundation of the International Association for the Study of the Commons.

This project reflects some of the uses being made by indigenous peoples of new media in communicating about conflicts over the shaping of cultural landscapes.  The material is in Spanish but the website is well worth a look.

A new paper has been made publicly available on the internet entitled Rebuilding Lost Connections: How Revitalisation Projects Contribute to Cultural Continuity and Improve the Environment by Sarah Pilgrim, Colin Samson and Jules Pretty. The paper was published by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Enviroment and Society at the University of Essex. The authors reviewed 41 ‘revitalization projects’ from 9 countries. They identify six categories of projects including traditional foods, ecotourism, education, language, cultural, and rights.

If you interests tend to the ethnobotanical you may be interested to check out the Journal of Ethnobotanical Research and Applications.  By going to their website you can download articles which at this time does not require a subscription.

There is now a thread in the forums dedicated to collecting references that are relevant to the study of cultural landscapes. In order to contribute, sign into the forums, and follow instructions in the thread. This should grow into a running which will become a reference page on culturallandscapes.ca

The schedule for the International Association for the Commons has not been posted and is available on the IASC 2008 website.

The Canadian Encyclopedia has included an entry for Aboriginal Cultural Landscapes authored by Susan Buggey. Check it out!

Some of you may be interested in the following publication which was recently published in Ecology and Society.