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In each of these six case studies-the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and Burma- the author sets out the environmental, human and economic consequences of forest destruction.  He shows how its causes are rooted in an exploitation of natural resources for Western markets going back to colonial days.  In addition, a range of other factors play a role, including the land hunger of small farmers deprived of their traditional farming areas, wrongly conceived development strategies, and the pressures of foreign debt.

Publication Details

  • Published: 1990
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • ISBN-10: 086232839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862328399
  • Dewey Decimal: 333.751
  • ECHO Library: 333.751 HUR