Deforestation, distribution and development

ArticleinGlobal Environmental Change 11(3):193-202 · October 2001with29 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/S0959-3780(00)00057-1 · Source: OAI
This paper investigates the role played by distributional factors in mediating the effects of growth and development on forest depletion in tropical developing countries. A key finding of the paper is that the distributional profile of a country significantly determines whether economic development will have either a positive or a negative effect on the rate of forest loss. In countries where levels of inequality are high, development will tend to exacerbate deforestation rates while in countries where distributional profiles are more egalitarian, the negative effects of growth and development on forest cover will be ameliorated.
    • "Countries with high forest area per capita and low income per capita tend to prioritize economic growths using the resources (Maini, 2003). There have been extensive studies that link national wealth and deforestation (Barbier and Burgess, 2001; Koop and Tole, 2001; Meyer et al., 2003; Rudel et al., 2005) Over the past decades, management of forests in many countries across the world has been centred on how to use the resources to accelerate economic development (Arts et al., 2010). This explains excessive extractions of valuable timber between 1960s and 1980s. "
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    • "The relationship between degradation and welfare is frequently explained using a Kuznets environmental (inverted U-shaped) curve, which describes an increase in per capita income with increasing vegetation loss, until a turning point is reached. After that, further increases in income are associated with reductions in land clearing and even with an increase in reforestation [25,68]. In the case of the north of Minas Gerais (and likely the Cerrado biome as a whole), the relationship between the loss of Cerrado over time and human welfare seems scale-dependent. "
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    • "Other reviews indicated serious problems with data sources, the econometric techniques , problems in control variables, differences in geographical areas and also things like publication bias. Koop and Tole find no EKC for deforestation in Latin America – arguing that policy arrangements, institutions and distortions affecting land use differ so much as to defy useful comparisons (Koop and Tole 2001). Mills and Waite, running data on 35 countries, show no relation between country wealth and forest conservation (Mills and Waite 2009). "
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