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Enemies of the Trees? Subsistence Farmers and Perverse Protection of Tropical Dry Forest

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As deforestation and habitat degradation proceed worldwide, the elaboration of realistic policies to protect and sustain forests assumes increasing urgency. Experience from one area of threatened tropical dry forest illustrates, however, that staunch environmental regulation based on partial understandings can have strikingly contradictory effects. In this study from the Dominican Republic, extensive dialogue and field observation with local residents offered a glimpse beyond the obvious proximal causes of forest loss–the subsistence farmers and charcoal makers regularly seen felling trees–to important influences of their socioeconomic and legal contexts.
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Keywords: Dominican Republic; deforestation; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; international forestry; natural resource management; natural resources; policy; sustainable forestry

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Assistant Professor Department of Forest Resources, Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, Clemson University, PO Box 596 Georgetown, SC, 29442, rot[email protected]

Publication date: 2001-10-01

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