The rapid destruction of tropical forests is one of the mostpressing environmental problems of our time, but the internationalcommunity and national governments are unable to formulate effectivepolicy responses without a clear understanding of the causes ofdeforestation. This comprehensive and coherent account presents the'state of the art' econometric analysis of tropicaldeforestation, quantifying and examining the local and underlyingglobal causes.
The contributors are distinguished authors from developed anddeveloping countries, and are based in research institutions andinternational agencies. They provide a global view of key issues suchas population, debt, income and poverty and agricultural development.In addition, country and regional case studies are presented, focusingon the causes of deforestation in Latin America and Asia, and the roleof the tropical timber trade is subjected to particular scrutiny. Thebook offers rigorous quantitative analysis at the global, regional andcountry levels, and dispels some of the myths which surround tropicaldeforestation. It improves our understanding of the forces drivingglobal environmental degradation, and is testament to the belief thatmany, though not all, of the explanations for it lie in the workings ofnational and international economies.
This important and timely book should appeal particularly toenvironmental and resource economists, development planners, forestersand others concerned with global environmental issues. It will also beof strong interest to graduate and undergraduate students of economics,environmental science, ecology and forestry, and those followingcourses in development studies and agricultural development.
Preface and Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
I. The Issues
1. Saving the world's tropical forests
2. Tropical deforestation: rates and patterns
II. Explaining Global Deforestation
3. Population and deforestation
4. International debt and deforestation
5. Tropical forest depletion and the changing macroeconomy,1967-85
6. Macroeconomic causes of deforestation: barking up the wrongtree?
7. Population, development and tropical deforestation: across-national study
8. Population, land-use and the environment in developing countries:what can we learn from cross-national data?
9. Tropical deforestation and agricultural developments in LatinAmerica
III. Country Case Studies
10. The causes of tropical deforestation: a quantitative analysisand case study from the Philippines
11. Incentives for tropical deforestation: some examples from LatinAmerica
12. An econometric model of Amazon deforestation
13. An econometric analysis of the causes of tropical deforestation:the case of Northeast Thailand
14. Deforestation in Thailand
15. Government failure and deforestation in Indonesia
16. An analysis of the causes of deforestation in India
IV. The Tropical Timber Trade
17. The timber trade and tropical deforestation in Indonesia
18. Deforestation: the role of the international trade in tropicaltimber
19. The tropical timber trade and sustainable development
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