352 pages, illus, maps
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)
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