In Place of the Forest: Environmental and Socio-economic Transformation in Borneo and the Eastern Malay Peninsula

This book describes the course of the modern transformation of Borneo and the eastern side of the Malay Peninsula, an area considered to be "environmentally critical" because of the massive deforestation that has taken place since the 1960s. The book begins with a description of the natural environment and its dynamics, and then reviews the considerable changes that occurred before the modern period. Against this background, the authors examine the changes since World War II and, in the course of several chapters, analyse the question of possible environmental endangerment in relation to the timber-based industries, bio-diversity, transmigrants and other settlers, the indigenous shifting cultivators, possible consequences of deforestation for global warming, and the townspeople who now form a significant part of the population. Drought and fire, and the creation of grasslands are also topics of discussion.
The conclusions are mixed, and indicate that the greatest dangers arise from national policies that continue to treat this region as a"resource frontier" despite the growing resource scarcity.

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272 페이지 - Houghton, RA, Boone, RD, Melillo, JM, Palm, CA, Woodwell, GM, Myers, N., Moore, B. and Skole, DL (1985): Net flux of carbon dioxide from tropical forests in 1980. Nature, 316, 617-620.
143 페이지 - The vital role of all types of forests in maintaining the ecological processes and balance at the local, national, regional and global levels through, inter alia, their role in protecting fragile ecosystems, watersheds and freshwater resources and as rich storehouses of biodiversity and biological resources and sources of genetic material for biotechnology products, as well as photosynthesis, should be recognized.
271 페이지 - NH, 1981. The North Palawan Block, Philippines: Its relation to the Asian Mainland and its role in the evolution of the South China Sea.
32 페이지 - (There were) miles upon miles of forest, broken only by silver streaks, where one might, from a very high place, catch glimpses of some river.

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Harold Brookfield is currently a University Fellow at the Australian National University, and Scientific Coordinator of the UNU Programme of Collaborative Research on Population, Land Management, and Environmental Change.

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