Tropical Forest Conservation: An Economic Assessment of the Alternatives in Latin America [NOOK Book]

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This book demonstrates that local communities rarely benefit from the environmentally sound enterprises being promoted in and around threatened habitats, either because those enterprises are unprofitable or because benefits are captured by outsiders providing key services like reliable transportation. The author contends that human capital formation and related productivity-enhancing investment is the only sure path to economic progress and habitat conservation.
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Tropical Forest Conservation: An Economic Assessment of the Alternatives in Latin America

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Overview

This book demonstrates that local communities rarely benefit from the environmentally sound enterprises being promoted in and around threatened habitats, either because those enterprises are unprofitable or because benefits are captured by outsiders providing key services like reliable transportation. The author contends that human capital formation and related productivity-enhancing investment is the only sure path to economic progress and habitat conservation.
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This book developed partly out of Southgate's work as a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank to assess the contributions that nontimber extraction, low-impact logging, genetic prospecting, and ecotourism can make to tropical forest conservation in Latin America. He begins with a review of the causes of deforestation, then examines the challenges of sustainable forest-based activities, and details the economics of environmentally sound harvesting. His conclusion offers an integrated strategy for habitat protection and economic progress. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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"A timely book that elegantly makes the plea that we have many forest management alternatives that will allow is [sic] to conserve the extensive neotropical forests of the Americas. Reviews harvesting options for timber and non-timber resources, bio-prospecting for genetic raw materials, the importance of nature-based ecotourism, and the price that countries have paid for excessive harvesting of their natural resources. Essential reading for all who have interests in conservation issues."—Northeastern Naturalist

"Tropical deforestation remains one of the major environmental problems of our day. Much of the literature focuses on the problems caused by deforestation; Southgate examines potential solutions. He begins with a technical overview of the causes of tropical deforestation. The analysis is robust . . . then covers six alternatives to the current forest practices that lead to deforestation . . . Costa Rica and the Galápagos are often cited as successful examples of nature-based tourism. . . . The lessons learned from the book can be applied beyond Latin America. Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals."—Choice

"This book developed partly out of Southgate's work as a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank to assess the contributions that nontimber extraction, low-impact logging, genetic prospecting, and ecotourism can make to tropical forest conservation in Latin America. He begins with a review of the causes of deforestation, then examines the challenges of sustainable forest-based activities, and details the economics of environmentally sound harvesting. His conclusion offers an integrated strategy for habitat protection and economic progress."—SciTech Book News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195355062
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/4/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 833 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction: Responding to the Challenge of Habitat Destruction in Latin America
Pt. I Deforestation and Its Causes and the Challenge of Sustainable Forest-based Activities
1 Deforestation in the American Tropics: The Regional and Global Stakes 3
2 The Causes of Excessive Habitat Destruction 11
3 Putting an End to Ecosystem Depletion 25
Pt. II The Economic Returns of Environmentally Sound Harvesting of Forest Products and of Nature-based Tourism
4 Harvesting of Nontimber Products 43
5 Environmentally Sound Timber Production 59
6 Genetic Prospecting 83
7 Nature-Based Tourism 95
Pt. III Key Elements of an Integrated Strategy for Habitat Protection and Economic Progress
8 Another Approach to Habitat Conservation: Agricultural Intensification 123
9 Paying for Habitat Conservation and Investing in Human and Social Capital 135
Abbreviations 151
References 153
Index 167
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