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The Future of Amazonia

Destruction or Sustainable Development?

  • David Goodman
  • Anthony Hall

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    1. David Goodman, Anthony Hall
      Pages 1-20
  3. Current Development Strategies and Frontier Integration

  4. Environmental Destruction, Social Conflict and Popular Resistance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Philip M. Fearnside
      Pages 179-225
    3. Alfredo Wagner Berno de Almeida
      Pages 226-244
    4. João Hébette, José Alberto Colares
      Pages 288-305
  5. Towards Sustainable Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 307-307
    2. David Pearce, Norman Myers
      Pages 383-404
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 405-419

About this book


The future of Brazilian Amazonia, the world's largest remaining tropical rainforest, hangs in the balance. Two decades of destructive development have provoked violent struggles for control over the region's resources, with disastrous social and environmental consequences. This multi-disciplinary collection reviews past experience but focusses on the latest phase of Amazonian settlement. Chapters by leading authorities examine such issues as colonisation in the most recent frontier areas, multinational mining projects, hydro-electric schemes, and the military occupation of Brazil's borders. After demonstrating how new government and business activities have exacerbated social tensions and ecological destruction, the volume considers alternative, more sustainable strategies.


development research Rural Development sustainability sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • David Goodman
    • 1
  • Anthony Hall
    • 2
  1. 1.University College, LondonUK
  2. 2.London School of Economics and Political ScienceUK

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