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Deforestation in the Postwar Philippines

The only quantitative deforestation study to focus on one country, this case analysis of the Philippines since 1946 yields more concrete data than previous cross-national studies. David Kummer’s close examination of the interactions among political, economic, and cultural factors and their environmental consequences sheds light on similar situations in other countries.

201 pages | 1 map, 31 tables, 3 figures | 6 x 9 | © 1992

University of Chicago Geography Research Papers

Geography: Environmental Geography

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
1. Introduction
Major Issues Raised by Tropical Deforestation
Who Benefits from Tropical Deforestation?
2. Tropical Deforestation: A Literature Review
Introduction
Descriptive and Quantitative Work
The Global Focus
Latin America
Africa
South Asia
Southeast Asia
Summary
Theory
3. The Decline of Philippine Forest Cover
Introduction
Forest Cover and Exploitation, 1876-1950
Forest Cover and Exploitation, 1950-88
Philippine Government Statistics
The Causes of Deforestation: Discussions in the Postwar Philippines
Corruption in the Forestry Sector
Summary
4. The Postwar Philippines
Demography
Economic Performance, 1948-88
Poverty and Distribution of Income
Agriculture and the Uplands
Summary
5. The Deforestation Process in the Philippines
Understanding Tropical Deforestation
The Deforestation Process in the Philippines
Summary
6. Data Sources
Introduction
General Data Problems
Provincial Data, 1957
Provincial Data, 1970 and 1980
Variables Not Included
Summary
7. Statistical Analysis of Deforestation
Introduction
Statistical Results for 1957, 1970, and 1980
Panel Analysis, 1970-80
Summary and Conclusions
8. Implications and Conclusions
Comparison with Quantitative Work on Tropical Deforestation Theory
Population Pressure and Deforestation
Remote Sensing and Monitoring of Forest Cover
Summary and Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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