Reduction in the size of the world's remaining rainforests is an issue of huge importance for all societies. This new book - an analysis of the impact of oil wealth on tropical deforestation in South America, Africa and Asia - takes a much more analytical approach than the usual fare of environmental studies.
The focus on economies as a whole leads to a more balanced view than those that are often put forward and therefore, vitally, a view that is more valid. Of use to those who study environmental issues and economics, this book is potentially an indispensable tool for policy-makers the world over.
'The importance of the author's conclusions cannot be understated as it gives a favourable impression of the extractive industries and challenges the environmental activists who automatically wage campaigns against them.' - Robert Arnott, The Journal of Energy Literature X. 1 2004 - The Journal of Energy Literature
'Overall the book provides an in-depth insight into the economy of the countries analysed, and is a very topical and accessible book with numerous implications for policy formulation to decide what can be done to deminish deforestation without jeopardising economic growth.' - Robert Arnott, The Journal of Energy Literature X. 1 2004 - The Journal of Energy Literature
Introduction 1. The Malady of Prosperity 2. The Impact of Oil Wealth on Forests 3. Defining and Measuring Changing Forest Conditions 4. Gabon 5. Venezuela 6. Cameroon 7. Ecuador 8. Papua New Guinea 9. More Tales of Oil Wealth and Forests: Mexico, Nigeria and Indonesia 10. Comparison, Conclusions and Recommendations
Routledge Explorations in Environmental Economics was established in 2001 and has since provided a key port of call for leading research in the field. As well as the core discipline of environmental economics, the remit of the series extends to natural resources, ecological economics, environmental studies and environmental science, with issues explored including energy, permit trading, valuation, taxation and climate change. The series is edited by Nick Hanley of the University of St Andrews.