Macaw Bio-centric Development

This thesis uses the Tambopata Macaw Project (TMP) as a case study to explore an approach I call “bio-centric development.”2 Rather than making humans the object of development, as do current approaches covered in the literature, the purpose of the biocentric approach is to improve the health and well-being of non-human species, their habitats, and larger environmental entities like ecosystems. In addition to its alternative objectives and outcomes, the bio-centric approach is also different in its ecocentric grounding. This orientation grants equal importance both to humankind and to non-human species, and emphasizes non-material human gain and qualitative change rather than quantitative economic growth.

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