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Social Dynamics in Watersheds and Mountain Ecosystems, 1st Edition

Edited by J. Ives, D.C. Pitt


258 pages

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Originally published in 1988 Deforestation examines deforestation as a major environmental and development problem. It examines the issues of forests being cut in tropical and mountain areas, and how acid rain, pollution and disease wreak havoc in temperate zones. Some of the worst effects of deforestation have been changes in the world’s climate system, erosion and flooding, desertification, wood short-ages and the disappearance of some floral and fauna species. This book challenges the belief that deforestation is due to entirely rapid population growth and agricultural expansion and emphasises the effects of commercial exploitation and poor planning and management. In concludes with a programme for reforestation using agro-forestry, appropriate cottage industries, improved international programmes, local land reforms and community participation.

Table of Contents



Introduction, D.C. Pitt

1. Uncertainty on a Himalayan Scale, M. Thompson and M. Warburton

2. Development in the Face of Uncertainty, J. Ives

3. Soil and Water Impacts of Deforestation, L.S. Hamilton and A.J. Pearce

4. Forestry and Watershed Management, L.S. Hamilton

5. The Explanation of Land Degradation in Nepal, P. Blaikie

6. Alternative Social Forestry Development Strategies, M. Cernea

7. Poverty, Women and Young People, D.C. Pitt

8. The Chipko Movement, V. Shiva and J. Bandyopadhyay

Conclusion, M.E.D. Poore

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Ecology

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1974 and 2002, draw together research by leading academics in the area of ecology and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The collection examines ecology from a broad range of disciplines, from examining the economic impact of wildlife trade on ecosystems, to studies of the biodiversity of ecosystems across mountains, forests, wetlands and the arctic. The collection includes volumes across the disciplines of biology, botany, geography and sociology. The 17 books that comprise this collection include rigorous examinations into plant ecosystems, philosophy surrounding ecological scarcity, tropical environments and the relationship between ecology and society. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse subject of ecology and the environment and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of biology and ecology, but of philosophy, sociology and economics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology