Balancing Agricultural Development and Environmental Objectives: Assessing Tradeoffs in the Humid Tropics.

TitleBalancing Agricultural Development and Environmental Objectives: Assessing Tradeoffs in the Humid Tropics.
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsTomich T, Cattaneo A, Chater S, Geist HJ, Gockowski J, Kaimowitz D, Lambin EF, Lewis J, Ndoye O, Palm C, Stolle F, Sunderlin WD
ContactAuthorasb@cgiar.org
Book TitleSlash and Burn: The Search for Alternatives
Chapter18
Pagination26
PublisherColumbia University Press
CityNew York, USA
KeywordsBiodiversity, carbon, Carbon stocks, ecosystem, global warming, tradeoffs, tropical forest
AbstractForest dwellers want to continue aspects of their traditional way of life based on hunting and gathering while improving the welfare of themselves and their families. They are losing their land to migrant smallholders, who clear small amounts of forest to earn a living by raising crops and livestock. Both these groups tend to lose out to larger, more powerful interests—ranchers, plantation owners, large-scale farmers, or logging concerns—whose aim is to convert large areas of forest into big money. Outside the forests is the international community, who want to see forests preserved for the carbon they store, which would otherwise contribute to global warming, for the wealth of biological diversity they harbor, and for the many other ecosystem services they provide.
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