Population and Environment

, Volume 25, Issue 6, pp 585–612

Proximate Population Factors and Deforestation in Tropical Agricultural Frontiers

  • David L. Carr

DOI: 10.1023/B:POEN.0000039066.05666.8d

Cite this article as:
Carr, D.L. Population and Environment (2004) 25: 585. doi:10.1023/B:POEN.0000039066.05666.8d


Forest conversion for agriculture expansion is the most salient signature of human occupation of the earth's land surface. Although population growth and deforestation are significantly associated at the global and regional scales, evidence for population links to deforestation at micro-scales—where people are actually clearing forests—is scant. Much of the planet's forest elimination is proceeding along tropical agricultural frontiers. This article examines the evolution of thought on population–environment theories relevant to deforestation in tropical agricultural frontiers. Four primary ways by which population dynamics interact with frontier forest conversion are examined: population density, fertility, and household demographic composition, and in-migration.

population land use and land cover change (LUCC) agricultural frontier tropical deforestation 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • David L. Carr
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of California–Santa BarbaraCA

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