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Tropical Forest Conservation: An Economic Assessment of the Alternatives in Latin America

By: Douglas Southgate

175 pages, 10 figs, tabs

Oxford University Press USA

Hardback | Jul 1998 | #83437 | ISBN: 0195109961
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Drawing on research carried out in Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, and other places, this book assesses the viability of conservation strategies for preserving threatened habitats, from an economic perspective.

"A timely book that elegantly makes the plea that we have many forest management alternatives that will allow is [sic] to conserve the extensive neotropical forests of the Americas. Reviews harvesting options for timber and non-timber resources, bio-prospecting for genetic raw materials, the importance of nature-based ecotourism, and the price that countries have paid for excessive harvesting of their natural resources. Essential reading for all who have interests in conservation issues."--Northeastern Naturalist
"Tropical deforestation remains one of the major environmental problems of our day. Much of the literature focuses on the problems caused by deforestation; Southgate examines potential solutions. He begins with a technical overview of the causes of tropical deforestation. The analysis is robust . . . then covers six alternatives to the current forest practices that lead to deforestation . . . Costa Rica and the Galapagos are often cited as successful examples of nature-


Introduction: Responding to the Challenge of Habitat Destruction in Latin America; 1. Deforestation in the American Tropics: The Regional and Global Stakes; 2. The Causes of Excessive Habitat Destruction; 3. Putting an End to Ecosystem Depletion; 4. Harvesting of Non-Timber Products; 5. Environmentally Sound Timber Production; 6. Genetic Prospecting; 7. Nature-Based Tourism; 8. Another Approach to Habitat Conservation: Agricultural Intensification; 9. Paying for Habitat Conservation and Investing in Human and Social Capital

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