Deforestation and Forest Transition: Implications for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)

Richard J. Culas
School of Agriculture and Wine Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Orange, Australia

Series: Environmental Remediation Technologies, Regulations and Safety
BISAC: SCI026000



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Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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International attention is focused on ways to reduce emissions from deforestation because of the emerging concerns over climate change. However, the causes of deforestation are rooted in current economic and development paradigms. The causes of deforestation also vary in different geographical regions and they have implications for the forest transitions. Attempts to reach an international agreement on reducing tropical deforestation have to date achieved little despite over thirty years of UN negotiations. The reasons for the previous unsuccessful attempts are partly due to the different motivations of the economically developed, mainly previously deforested, nations who see the tropical forests as providing a global service, and the poorer, now deforesting nations, who see them as a national resource to be exploited as a means to development. (Imprint: Nova)


Key words

1. Introduction

2. Forest transition and international policy instruments to reduce emissions from deforestation

3. Forest transition and tunnelling through the environmental Kuznets curve

4. Data and model specification

5. Results and discussion

6. Conclusion




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