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The Social Dynamics of Deforestation in the Philippines: Actions, Options and Motivations

By: van der Top. Gerhard

352 pages, illus, maps

NIAS Press

Paperback | Jun 2008 | #152809 | ISBN-13: 9788791114533
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Hardback | Dec 2003 | #116776 | ISBN: 0700714839
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About this book

Offers an insight into the long history of national, regional and local outsiders gaining access to the natural resources and lands of this last large forest frontier in the Philippines.

From the publisher's announcement:

This book offers a detailed case study into the dynamics of forest use, degradation and loss in Northeast Luzon, Philippines. Following an interdisciplinary approach, the degradation and loss of forest cover in this area between 1950 and 1990 is related to the social and political context of logging, forest migration and changes in upland agriculture. The work makes a major contribution to knowledge both in the field of Philippine studies and in relation to deforestation, environmental change, political ecology and development.

Based on 10 years of research, five of which in the Sierra Madre region, the author introduces us to the actions, livelihood options and motives of all the principal groups of actors. Using a stimulating and fascinating balance between systematic survey data and the qualitative, almost anecdotal, reporting of conversations with these key actors, this book offers a compelling insight into the long history of national, regional and local outsiders gaining access to the natural resources and lands of this last large forest frontier in the Philippines.

'This is an excellent book, marvellously detailed and closely argued, supported with a wealth of evidence. It demonstrates in all its complexities what happens when natural resource exploitation is driven by short-term, profit-obsessed motives rather than by policies and practices which address the longer term public interest.' (Victor T. King, University of Leeds)


Contents

Tropical deforestation - a preliminary introduction; meeting the Sierra Madre deforestation problem; at the cutting edge - primary actors and activities in the deforestation of the Sierra Madre; the changing landscape of Philippine forest policy; actors in Philippine forest management; of ballot and bureaucracy - mechanisms of distorted policy implementation; historical roots of corporate logging; hybrid corn, rural credit and the future of the Sierra Madre; synthesis.

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Biography

Gerhard van den Top's professional career spans 20 years of international experience in the field of sustainable resource management including nearly a decade at the World Wide Fund for Nature. Since 2009 he has brought his varied experiences together as CEO of a Dutch environmental company, working towards the provision of better water services in the developing world.

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