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Reframing Deforestation

Global Analyses and Local Realities: Studies in West Africa

James Fairhead Melissa Leach

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Routledge
04 June 1998
Reframing Deforestation suggests that the scale of deforestation wrought by West African farmers during the twentieth century has been vastly exaggerated and global analyses have unfairly stigmatised them and obscured their more sustainable, even landscape-enriching practices. The book begins by reviewing how West African deforestation is represented and the types of evidence which inform deforestation orthodoxy. On a country by country basis (covering Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Benin), and using historical and social anthropological evidence subsequent chapters evaluate this orthodox critically. Together the cases build up a variety of arguments which serve to reframe history and question how and why deforestation has been exaggerated throughout West Africa, setting the analysis in its institutional and social context. Stessing that dominant policy approaches in forestry and conservation require major rethinking worldwide, Reframing Deforestation illustrates that more realistic assessments of forest cover change, and more respectful attention to local knowledge and practices, are necessary bases for effective and appropriate environmental pol
By:   James Fairhead, Melissa Leach
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9780415185912
ISBN 10:   0415185912
Pages:   268
Publication Date:   04 June 1998
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction 1. Deforestation in West Africa: the foundations of orthodoxy 2. Cote d'Ivoire 3. Liberia 4. Ghana 5. Benin 6. togo 7. Sierra Leone 8. Power and knowledge of deforestation 9. Conclusions

Reviews for Reframing Deforestation: Global Analyses and Local Realities: Studies in West Africa

... a variety of arguments which serve to reframe forest history and question how and why deforestation has been exaggerated throughout West Africa, setting the analysis in its institutional and social context. - Environment International


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