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Deforestation: correlations, possible causes and some implications

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Changes in national forest areas during 1990-2000 are contrasted with other variables to illustrate correlations and provoke discussion about possible causes. Twenty-five statistically-significant correlations (including rural population, life expectancy, GDP, literacy, commerce, agriculture, poverty and inflation) are illustrated and a statistical model suggests that good governance, alternative employment opportunities, and payments for environmental services may be effective in combating deforestation. The data suggest that a global forest convention may need to be supported by substantial and carefully-targeted development assistance to foster good governance.
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Keywords: deforestation; global forest convention; governance; payments for environmental services

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Southern Cross University, PO Box 157, Lismore 2480, Australia.

Publication date: December 1, 2005

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