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The Interaction of Local and External Influences in a Case of Deforestation

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Seigel, Michael Thomas
Conference: Commoners and the Changing Commons: Livelihoods, Environmental Security, and Shared Knowledge, the Fourteenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons
Location: Mt. Fuji, Japan
Conf. Date: June 3-7
Date: 2013
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8966
Sector: Forestry
Region: Pacific and Australia
Subject(s): logging
indigenous institutions
traditional institutions
Abstract: "By focusing on a particular case in which logging carried out in the 1970s and 80s led to extensive deforestation, the paper discussed the complex of relationships that led from the logging to the deforestation. The area in question is in the Philippines, in Abra province in northern Luzon. The deforestation should not be understood as a simple link from unsustainable logging to deforestation or slash-and-burn to deforestation. The socio-economic impact of the logging led to an increase in burning and to more concentrated burning, and this along with other factors resulted in formerly sustainable practices becoming destructive. The increased burning overwhelmed the forest's capacity to regenerate. The implications are that a complex network of interrelationships and interactions led to deforestation.These interrelationships can be brought into focus be developing a comprehensive historical profile of the locale. Addressing the problem of deforestation will require that this complex of interrelationships be addressed. This will mean that socio-economic issues, agricultural issues and environmental issues will have to be addressed integrally."

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