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Presents an authoritative analysis of the socioeconomic and biophysical factors operating at local, national, and global levels that serve to promote deforestation in this delicate region.
The collected research provides a highly instructive sampler of the best and most useful approaches to land use and deforestation across the broad range of disciplines, agencies, and orientations involved, from the long-term impact of road construction projects, colonisation schemes, and commodity prices to immediate concerns over quality of life, water availability, and climate variation.
Introduction: Land Use and Deforestation in the Amazon, by Charles H. Wood Part I. National Policies and Regional Patterns 1. Spatial Regression Analysis of Deforestation in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, by David Kaimowitz, Patricia Mendez, Atie Puntodewo, and Jerry Vanclay 2. Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Lowland Bolivia, by Pablo Pacheco 3. An Analysis of the Geographical Patterns of Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon in the Period 1991-1996, by Diogenes S. Alves 4. Population Growth and Net Migration in the Brazilian Legal Amazon, 1970-1996, by Stephen G. Perz Part II. Land Use Decisions and Deforestation 5. The Colonist Footprint: Toward a Conceptual Framework of Land Use and Deforestation Trajectories among Small Farmers in the Amazonian Frontier, by Eduardo S. Brondizio, Stephen D. McCracken, Emilio F. Moran, Donald R. Nelson, Andrea D. Siqueira, and Carlos Rodriguez-Pedraza 6. Land Use Patterns on an Agricultural Frontier in Brazil; Insights and Examples from a Demographic Perspective, by Stephen D. McCracken, Andrea D. Siqueira, Emillo F. Moran, and Eduardo S. Brondizio 7. Trajectories of Land Use: Soils, Succession, and Crop Choice, by Emillo F. Moran, Eduardo S. Brondizio, and Stephen D. McCracken 8. Reading Colonist Landscapes: Social Factors Influencing Land Use Decisions by Small Farmers in the Brazilian Amazon, by John O. Browder 9. Endogenous Patterns and Processes of Settler Land Use and Forest Change in the Ecuadorian Amazon, by Francisco Pichon, Catherine Marquette, Laura Murphy, and Richard Bilsborrow Part III. Fires, Pastures, and Deforestation 10. Investigating Positive Feedbacks in the Fire Dynamic of Closed Canopy Tropical Forests, by Mark A. Cochrane, Ane Alencar, Mark D. Schulze, Carlos M. Souza Jr., Paul Lefebvre, and Daniel C. Nepstad 11. Can Pasture Intensification Discourage Deforestation in the Amazon and Pantanal Regions of Brazil? by Philip M. Fearnside 12. Land Use, Cattle Ranching, and the Concentration of Land Ownership in Maranhao, Brazil, by Roberto Porro Part IV. Community Participation and Resource Management 13. Lessons Learned from Participatory Land Use Planning in the Brazilian Amazon, by Virgilo M. Viana and Renata Freire 14. An Experiment in Participatory Mapping in Brazil's Jau National Park, by Muriel Saragoussi, Maria do Perpetuo Socorro R. Chaves, Andrew W. Murchie, Sergio H. Borges, and Marcos Roberto Pinheiro
Charles H. Wood is director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. He has coauthored and co-edited several books, including Contested Frontiers in Amazonia and Frontier Expansion in Amazonia. Roberto Porro is an agronomist trained at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida. He has over 10 years of experience as a technical coordinator in conservation and development projects in the eastern Brazilian Amazon.
One of the most useful interdisciplinary collections I have seen on any subject. - Stephen G. Bunker, University of Wisconsin