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Amazonia

Resiliency and Dynamism of the Land and its People

  • Author: UNU
  • Publication date: December 1997
  • Page count: 268
  • Language(s) in this book: English
  • Sales number: 96.III.A.9

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The Amazon basin, site of the world's largest remaining tropical rain forest, is experiencing rapid ecological and socio-economic changes. This book examines the driving forces behind these changes and considers current threats to the forests and their biodiversity. Various strategies for conserving forests and other resources are outlined, with an emphasis on the critical role of the private sector. It describes major land uses, particularly mining and agriculture and assesses their environmental impacts. Perennial cropping systems are discussed in detail, especially agroforestry and the potential for increased agricultural production on the Amazon flood plain is explored.