A dynamic landscape of forest regeneration in a deforesting forest frontier

Sloan, Sean (2014) A dynamic landscape of forest regeneration in a deforesting forest frontier. In: Bouza Herrera, Carlos Narciso, (ed.) Deforestation: conservation policies, economic iImplications and environmental impact. Environmental Research Advances . Nova, New York, NY, USA, pp. 153-187.

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This chapter describes nascent trends in forest conservation and regeneration within a Panamanian agricultural frontier previously characterised by forest conversion. Drawing upon household surveys, archival analysis, interviews, and satellite-image analysis, its focuses on the interactions amongst settlers concerned with agricultural livelihoods, community institutions concerned with forest conservation and restoration within watersheds, and corporate timber interest concerned with plantation reforestation. In this context, forest conservation and regeneration depends on the harmonious yet accidental convergence of lesser, self-interested forest-use trends amongst these agents of change. Where such harmonious convergence is impeded, neither conservation nor regeneration is possible, and the inertia of deforestation overtakes all gains in this respect. Opportunistic land sales by settlers and commercial reforestation incentives have promoted corporate timber interests to the fore of reforestation, yet a lack authority on the part of community institutions and high costs imposed by settlers have hindered forest restoration within community lands. Disharmonies limiting forest conservation and restoration reflect economic realities favouring household deforestation; yet their resolution requires institutional, rather than economic, intervention, such as tenure reform. Without such institutional reforms in such contexts as Eastern Panama, forests are doomed regardless of economic conditions.

Item ID: 38589
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-62948-241-5
Keywords: forest regeneration, Panama, Bayano, Darien, REDD, forest transitiono, deforestation, tropical forest
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2015 23:51
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160401 Economic Geography @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 30%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring @ 20%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960906 Forest and Woodlands Land Management @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9613 Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas > 961308 Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas at Regional or Larger Scales @ 50%
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