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dc.contributor.authorGueye, Kinne
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-25T14:45:05Z
dc.date.available2018-06-25T14:45:05Z
dc.date.issued2018-01-01
dc.date.submitted2017-09-27
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/277491
dc.description.abstractVast progress has been made in detecting rates of tropical deforestation, yet the relationship between visible patterns of forest change, multi-scalar human processes and the underlying drivers associated with them is poorly understood. Building on satellite imagery, a household livelihood survey and semi-structured interviews, this research scrutinised changes of forest cover from the mid-1990s to 2015 in a municipality located in southeastern Mexico and investigated the proximate causes and underlying drivers of change at the household and community levels. Emerging evidence indicated that, contrary to the persistent narrative of deforestation for the region, forest cover change is highly dynamic including periods of deforestation and forest recovery. Moreover, a close examination of 24 communities showed forest cover gained terrain, while the agricultural frontier retracted. Drawing on a comparison between the household survey and previous analyses, it could be inferred that forest resurgence was produced by the decrease in the farming area and the increase in the abandonment of farming activities by some communities. Associated with the adaptation of households was the development of formal and informal institutions at the community level in response to macro-global forces linked to the implementation of forest conservation strategies, environmental degradation, market liberalization and increased urbanization. Overall, this research adds not only to our understanding of the complexity of land-use and cover change in emerging globalized economies but also exemplifies the spatial and temporal heterogeneity of tropical forest systems, which challenges partial models of deforestation and policies designed to reduce it. The research may be focused on a narrow region of the globe, nevertheless, the insights and recommendation provided may be useful to further forest conservation schemes in other tropical regions.
dc.description.sponsorshipScience and Technology Council of Mexico (CONACYT), Cambridge Trust, The University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute, The Society for Latin American Studies, The Biogeography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society and the Philippe Lake Fund II (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge).
dc.language.isoen
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dc.subjectdeforestation
dc.subjecttropics
dc.subjectsmallholder agriculture
dc.subjectland-use and cover change
dc.subjectsustainability
dc.subjectREDD+
dc.subjectforest conservation
dc.subjectCalakmul Reserve Biosphere
dc.subjectspatial modelling
dc.subjectlivelihood analysis
dc.titleRevisiting patterns and processes of forest cover change in the tropics: a case study from southeast Mexico
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoral
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cambridge
dc.publisher.departmentGeography
dc.date.updated2018-06-25T12:06:33Z
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.24809
dc.publisher.collegeChurchill
dc.type.qualificationtitlePhD in Geography
cam.supervisorBithell, Michael
cam.thesis.fundingfalse


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