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Deforestation, Environment, and Sustainable Development: A Comparative Analysis Hardcover – March 30, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0275969899 ISBN-10: 0275969894
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Analyzes of deforestation and its impact on the environment and economic development.

About the Author

DHIRENDRA K. VAJPEYI is Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa. He has authored, co-authored, and edited eleven books, including Technology and Development, Local Government and Politics in the Third World, Environmental Policies in the Third World, Water Resource Management, and Modernizing China.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (March 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275969894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275969899
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Format: Hardcover
Each chapter, written by different authors, reviews the condition of the forests around the globe. Individual chapters look at India, Bangladesh, China, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, Thailand, Latin America, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Israel. The book was compiled in 2001 using both historical data and recent studies to document the changes in global forest health, its impact on the environment, and to assess the potential for sustainable development.

The book begins with a litany of facts regarding the status, location and conditions of forests, as well as their ecological and economic significance. Many of these facts are familiar but having them all in one place at one time really brings a new sense of awareness and concern to the situation. A few facts I found particularly painful to read were the loss of half the world's tropical forests between 1950 and 1999, the annual deforestation rate of 0.9 percent, and the loss of 50,000 invertebrate species every year (140/day) due solely to the chopping down of tropical forests.

These facts don't point to a rosy future. The continuing loss of forests at the current rate would exhaust all of the world's tree cover in less than a century. While this would be ominous at any time, it is particularly alarming at present given the concern about climate change and global warming, and the role the world's forests play as a vital CO2 sink and to help cool the planet.

The second chapter deals with the role the World Bank has had on deforestation, particularly throughout the developing world. The World Bank, founded in 1946, takes money from member states and funds projects in the developing world on the premise of promoting economic development and relieving poverty.
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