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Tropical Deforestation

A socio-economic approach

C. J. Jepma (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands)



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Earthscan Ltd
01 October 2009
The depletion of the tropical rain forests has attracted considerable attention in recent times, and the serious consequences for the global biosphere are widely acknowledged. Yet deforestation continues apace, and in some areas (for example, southeast Asia) the very existence of the forests is seriously threatened. Contrary to popular belief, evidence suggests that local economic and living conditions are more significant in this than timber exploitation for exports to the Northern countries. Tropical Deforestation - A Socio-Economic Approach offers a new perspective on the economic imperatives which encourage indigenous populations to encroach upon their own forests, and shows how action against deforestation must form part of a wider movement to improve both the living conditions of the local inhabitants and the durability of their national economies. Part 1 offers an overview of the processes surrounding deforestation, and an assessment of the current situation. Part 2 analyses the land-use issues, and explains the socioeconomic imperatives in the affected regions. In an absorbing conclusion. Part 3 guides the reader through a series of hypothetical policy scenarios, using a specially adapted economic computer model, to predict which combinations of policies and trade arrangements might bring about a more beneficial state of affairs.
By:   C. J. Jepma (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen the Netherlands)
Imprint:   Earthscan Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   567g
ISBN:   9781853832383
ISBN 10:   1853832383
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   01 October 2009
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  Primary ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Tropical Deforestation: A socio-economic approach

'Recipient of the Society of American Archivists' Waldo Gifford Leland Prize and the Association for Business Communication's Alpha Kappa Psi Award for Distinguished Publication on Business Communication' [This book's] timeliness is remarkable. Now that the Western system of responsible (that is, profit-based) production has emerged as the victor over command economies, the secrets of how we did it may replace foreign relations as 'topic A' at conferences, and historians who continue to reject 'material civilization' as unworthy of genuine scholars will do so at their peril. . --'American Historical Review' A superb historical analysis of the philosophical and technological forces that led to the development of communication genres and processes in the modern American corporation. --'Journal of Business Communication'

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