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Tropical Forests: Regional Paths of Destruction and Regeneration in the Late Twentieth Century

Invaluable synthesis of research on tropical deforestation since 1980

By: Thomas K Rudel

234 pages, 24 illus

Columbia University Press

Paperback | Nov 2005 | #154480 | ISBN: 023113195X
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Hardback | Dec 2005 | #154479 | ISBN: 0231131941
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Addressing decades of rain forest destruction, concerned scientists, often in concert with various environmental movements, have amassed an impressive amount of information on deforestation in areas throughout the world. In Tropical Forests, Thomas K. Rudel analyzes hundreds of local studies from the past twenty years to develop a much-needed global perspective on deforestation. With separate chapters on individual regions, including South and Central America, the Caribbean, and Africa, Rudel's work offers an up-to-date assessment of changes in the extent of the world's tropical forests. Through a meta-analysis, Rudel identifies the social, economic, and environmental forces driving forest cover change since 1980.

In addition to synthesizing a range of local studies, Rudel recounts the stories of people whose work preserves, destroys, or restores forests. Rudel's explanation of what has happened in each of the world's tropical forest regions reveals continued destruction in regions with large forests and some regeneration emerging in places with small, remnant forests. In the concluding chapter, Rudel considers the implications of these trends and describes policy directions for conserving biodiversity and promoting sustainable development in each region.

Relevant to anyone with an interest in patterns of land use and change. -- Southeastern Naturalist "A lifetime of experience working with tropical forests is utilized in this book to provide an insightful assessment." -- Harini Nagendra, Landscape Ecology

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Thomas K. Rudel is a professor in the departments of human ecology and sociology at Rutgers University. He is the author of Tropical Deforestation: Small Farmers and Land Clearing in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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