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This book uses a case study of tropical deforestation in the upper reaches of the Amazonian basin to define the parts played by smallholders in the deforestation process in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The changing geography of tropical deforestation; a theory of tropical deforestation; the Ecuadorian Amazon - land, people and institutions; regional development and deforestation in Morona Santiago; trail-blazing in a large forest - the Upano-Palora Plain in the 1960s; clearing forest remnants - the Upano-Palora Plain in the 1980s; the second generation's search for new lands; tropical deforestation - an assessment with policy implications.