Tropical Forests: Regional Paths of Destruction and Regeneration in the Late Twentieth Century

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Columbia University Press, Aug 31, 2005 - Science - 234 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Theory and Method in Studying Regional
11
Island
33
The Breakdown of Passive Protection
51
From Cocoa Groves in Forests to Food
75
Passive Protections for Rain Forests
90
Sustainable Spots Surrounded
105
A Turning Point for Forests?
122
Deforesting the Lowlands Afforesting
139
Case Studies and Accompanying QCAs for Each Region
173
Notes
187
References
195
Index
221
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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.

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