Land Use Changes in Tropical Watersheds: Evidence, Causes and Remedies
Ed. I. Coxhead (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and G.E. Shively (Purdue University). CABI Publishing, Oxford, UK. 2005.
This book addresses land use change in tropical landscapes, with particular emphasis on the economic processes that influence rates of land degradation and forest clearing. Multidisciplinary contributions draw lessons from a rich, decade-long collection of economic, social, and environmental data on the Manupali watershed in the southern Philippines. Through this detailed case study the book documents forces leading to land use changes, in particular the potential impacts of institutional devolution and policy reforms, and highlights interrelationships among biological, economic and social phenomena. This book will be of significant interest to those studying natural resource economics, soil and water conservation, land use, and agricultural development.