Tropical Forests

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In Tropical Forests, Rudel analyzes hundreds of local studies from the past twenty years to develop a much-needed, global perspective on deforestation. With separate chapters on individual regions, including South and Central America, the Caribbean, and Africa, Rudel's work offers an up-to-date assessment of the world's tropical forests. In the concluding chapter, Rudel considers the implications of these trends and describes policy directions for conserving biodiversity and promoting sustainable development in each region.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Landscape Ecology - Harini Nagendra

A lifetime of experience working with tropical forests is utilized in this book to provide an insightful assessment.

Human Ecology - Avrum J. Shriar

A compelling, concise, and very readable examination of a broad and complex subject.


It will serve as an excellent update... Highly recommended.


It will serve as an excellent update... Highly recommended.

Environmental Conservation

Rudder's book is a work of outstanding scholarship.

Southeastern Naturalist

Relevant to anyone with an interest in patterns of land use and change.

Landscape Ecology
A lifetime of experience working with tropical forests is utilized in this book to provide an insightful assessment.

— Harini Nagendra

Human Ecology
A compelling, concise, and very readable examination of a broad and complex subject.

— Avrum J. Shriar

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231131957
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 0.57 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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 University Press

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Theory and method in studying regional deforestation processes 11
3 Central America and the Caribbean : island and isthmus deforestation 33
4 The Amazon basin : the breakdown of passive protection 51
5 West Africa : from cocoa groves in forests to food crops in scrub growth 75
6 Central Africa : passive protections for rain forests 90
7 East Africa : sustainable spots surrounded by degrading expanses 105
8 South Asia : a turning point for forests? 122
9 Southeast Asia : deforesting the lowlands, afforesting the highlands 139
10 Through a regional lens : conservation policies in large and small forests 155
App Case studies and accompanying QCAs for each region 173
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