The Monkey Puzzle Tree

The following article does an excellent job tying together the importance of indigenous rights, political and economic issues as well as rare plant conservation.  The people of this region use this plant as a source of food.  Many times when we try to conserve a species we use very dehumanized language in an attempt to objectify the problem and be as scientific as possible, but perhaps anthropomorphism is not always a bad thing.  It can help us relate to problems from a perspective that not only a single group of people (in this case the scientific community) can understand.  

-Tehmeena Chaudhry