Beginning in the era of the Spanish conquest and taking the reader right up to the present day, A Geographic Perspective of Cuban Landscapes focuses on how the landscape of Cuba has changed and evolved into the environment we see today. It illustrates the range of factors – economic, political and cultural – that have determined Cuba's physical geography, and explores the shifting conservation measures which have been instituted in response to new methods in agriculture and land management.
A Geographic Perspective of Cuban Landscapes uses historical documents, fieldwork, Geographic Information System (GIS) data and remotely-sensed satellite imagery to detail Cuba's extensive land-use history as well as its potential future. The author goes further to analyze the manner, speed and methods of landscape change, and examines the historical context and governing agendas that have had an impact on the relationship between Cuba's inhabitants and their island. Gebelein also assesses the key role played by agricultural production in the framework of international trade required to sustain Cuba's people and its economy.
A Geographic Perspective of Cuban Landscapes concludes with a review of current efforts by Cuban and other research scientists, as well as private investors, conservation managers and university professors who are involved in shaping Cuba's evolving landscape and managing it during the country's possible transition to a more politically diverse, enfranchised and open polity.
Chapter 1: Historical Background of Cuban Land Cover Change
Chapter 2: Linking Causal Factors to Areas of Highest Change
Chapter 3: Governmental Organization and Control over Environmental Policies
Chapter 4: Establishment and Description of Current Park/Protected Areas System
Chapter 5: Technological Development as It Relates to Assessment of Cuban Land Use and Land Cover
Chapter 6: Governmental Organization and Control over Environmental Policies