Tropical Deforestation: Small Farmers and Land Clearing in Ecudorian Amazon

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Addressing decades of rain forest destruction, concerned scientists, often in concert with various environmental movements, have amassed an impressive amount of information on deforestation in areas throughout the world. In Tropical Forests, Rudel draws upon hundreds of these studies to develop a broader perspective on the problem of deforestation. Through a meta-analysis, Rudel identifies the forces that have driven forest cover change since 1980 and spells out their implications for efforts to conserve ...

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Addressing decades of rain forest destruction, concerned scientists, often in concert with various environmental movements, have amassed an impressive amount of information on deforestation in areas throughout the world. In Tropical Forests, Rudel draws upon hundreds of these studies to develop a broader perspective on the problem of deforestation. Through a meta-analysis, Rudel identifies the forces that have driven forest cover change since 1980 and spells out their implications for efforts to conserve biodiversity and expedite sustainable development in the tropics.Rudel builds on local studies to offer clear explanations of what has happened in each of the world's tropical forest regions. He assesses global trends while also offering vivid descriptions of the effects of deforestation in specific areas. His work concludes with a chapter that describes policy directions for conserving biodiversity and promoting sustainable development in each region.

Columbia University Press

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Explores the difficult situation in which poor people do damage to the environment, as a beginning to identifying the causes of deforestation, which seem to be different in different situations. Traces the fate of the people and the forests in Ecuador, 1920-90, in the context of longer geographical cycles. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Thomas K. Rudel is a professor in the departments of human ecology and sociology at Rutgers University. He is the author of Tropical Deforestation: Small Farmers and Land Clearing in the Ecuadorian Amazon (Columbia, 1993) and lives in Metuchen, New Jersey.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Changing Geography of Tropical Deforestation 5
2 A Theory of Tropical Deforestation 13
3 The Ecuadorian Amazon: Land, People, and Institutions 43
4 Regional Development and Deforestation in Morona Santiago 59
5 Trailblazing in a Large Forest: the Upano-Palora Plain in the 1960s 89
6 Clearing Forest Remnants: the Upano-Palora Plain in the 1980s 109
7 The Second Generation's Search for New Lands 133
8 Tropical Deforestation: An Assessment with Policy Implications 157
Appendix A. Research Methods 177
Appendix B. Shuar Landholdings by Region 189
Notes 191
Glossary 207
References 211
Index 227
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