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Forests to fight poverty : creating national strategies
Schmidt, Ralph (Ralph C.)
Publication Information:
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xix, 198 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
General Note:
"Based on an initiative of the UNDP."
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SD247.5 .F68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An exploration of the biological, social and economic causes of tropical deforestation and remedies appropriate to the biology and culture of diverse regions and localities. The authors look at the relationships between forests and poverty, and examine successes and failures in agroforestry.

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There is much basic information for advancing sustainable human development via forestry in developing countries in this book, an initiative of the UN Development Program. The editors are experts in forestry, natural resource policy, and international development programs. The emphasis is that concern for forests is an integral part of national development strategy to alleviate world poverty, and to help the developing world break the negative spiral of poverty due to deforestation; the approach is broad, describing the basis of the problem and factors that drive deforestation and reforestation, and outlining practices and policies for logical solutions. In the nine chapters, new approaches are shown to combat deforestation in countries where it is the most severe, especially wet tropical forests. Although suited to a general audience, the book is primarily written for policy makers and advisors (local and national), and national and international forest decision makers; it will be highly useful for educators in the fields of economic and human development, international forestry, and those interested in world poverty alleviation; volunteers in help programs such as the Peace Corps will also benefit by it. Illustrations; acronym list; thorough bibliography. All levels. D. L. Richter; Michigan Technological University