Economics of Deforestation in the Amazon Dispelling the Myths

Economics of Deforestation in the Amazon Dispelling the Myths

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  • ISBN-13: 9781843768791
  • ISBN: 1843768798
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Publisher: Elgar Publishing, Incorporated, Edward


Campari, Joaao S.


This provocative new book presents the results of twenty years of research on deforestation in the Amazon. By carefully observing the changing character of human settlements and their association with deforestation over such a prolonged period, the author is able to reject much of the 'perceived wisdom'. He skillfully dissects various models of deforestation and provides hard evidence on what is myth and what is reality. The book begins by challenging a hypothesis used by many scholars to explain deforestation. The 'turnover hypothesis' states that small farmers 'cause' deforestation by moving rapidly across newly forested land in an effort to make a living. Dr. Campari argues that in reality the process is far more complex. He reveals that it is actually the larger farms who are the main culprits of deforestation and that, in comparison, the impact of small farmers is marginal. He also challenges the belief that current deforestation, as in the past, is the result of distortionary government policies. The author proves that deforestation continues today because existing policies are based on outdated assumptions of regional development. He goes on to discuss the policy implications of his important findings and identify possibilities for controlling deforestation in the future. This is one of the few studies that accurately documents the process of deforestation in the Amazon. Researchers, academics and policymakers with an interest in environmental policy and natural resource management will appreciate the new and updated information and fresh policy ideas found in this volume.Campari, Joaao S. is the author of 'Economics of Deforestation in the Amazon Dispelling the Myths', published 2005 under ISBN 9781843768791 and ISBN 1843768798.

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