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Forests and Livelihoods

The Social Dynamics of Deforestation in Developing Countries

  • Authors
  • Solon L. Barraclough
  • Krishna B. Ghimire

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Solon L. Barraclough, Krishna B. Ghimire
    Pages 1-33
  3. Solon L. Barraclough, Krishna B. Ghimire
    Pages 34-51
  4. Solon L. Barraclough, Krishna B. Ghimire
    Pages 52-105
  5. Solon L. Barraclough, Krishna B. Ghimire
    Pages 106-133
  6. Solon L. Barraclough, Krishna B. Ghimire
    Pages 134-175
  7. Solon L. Barraclough, Krishna B. Ghimire
    Pages 176-203
  8. Solon L. Barraclough, Krishna B. Ghimire
    Pages 204-237
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 238-259

About this book

Introduction

The social dynamics of deforestation and of forest protection are the ongoing interactions amongst social actors and processes that determine the use and management of forests. Based on a vast amount of research and detailed case-studies in Brazil, Central America, Nepal and Tanzania as well as several papers dealing with wider themes and regions, this book argues that most current discussions of increased rates of deforestation and perceived accompanying environmental crises are overly simplistic. Institutional reforms and policy measures that have been undertaken in developing countries usually failed to protect either the forests or people's livelihoods. Technical solutions to deforestation are only one element in what are essentially political questions. The central issue is not how to halt deforestation but rather how to manage forest areas and natural resources in order to meet social goals on a more equitable and sustainable basis. Conventional wisdom that attributes deforestation primarily to peasant ignorance and population growth is questioned as are other single factor explanations such as market and policy failures.

Keywords

environment Institution interaction Nation Policy population reforms

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