A Political Ecology of Latin American Forests Through Time
Auroi, C. & Helg, A, Latin America 1810-2010: Dreams and Legacies, Imperial College Press, pp. 241-267, June 2012
27 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2013 Last revised: 16 Oct 2013
Date Written: 2012
Despite the establishment of conservation mechanisms and indigenous lands, Latin America has lost 10% of its forests in 20 years from 1990 to 2010. All of its great forest ecoregions are threatened: the Amazon, the Cerrado, the Gran Chaco, the Yungas, and the Meso-American Corridor. The purpose of this paper is to present a review of the forests in Latin America, their importance in the collective imaginary and in contemporary economies, the ways they are being governed through mechanisms of conservation and indigenous lands, and an overview of different dynamics of land conversion. Political ecology and environmental history show a fundamental conflict between on one side a predatory vision of the forests, and on the other side a more sustainable management.
Keywords: Latin America, Forests, Political ecology, Governance, History, Deforestation
JEL Classification: Q15, Q23, Q28, Q32
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