Deforestation of the Costa Rican Rainforests

This discussion topic submitted by Dan Baxt (baxtda@miamioh.edu) on 5/7/98.

As you may already know, tropical rainforests are a necessary resource for the survival of the planet. Through my discussion I will hope to better educate the class on the local and global impacts of Costa Rican deforestation.


I. Introduction
a) some basic stats
b) rates of deforestation

II. Causes of Deforestation
a) Logging
b) Cattle Ranching
c) Agricultural Need
d) Population Growth
e) Infrastructal Growth
f) Mining

III. Impacts of Deforestation
a) Soil Quality
b) Water Quality
c) Loss of Natural Habitat
d) Carbon Dioxide Levels
e) Disease

IV. Who's Responsible

V. Programs for Improvement
a) Private Ownership
b) Ley de Aguas
c) Debt-for-Nature
d) National Parks
e) Stop Imports

REFERENCES:

Buchanan, Al. "Costa Rica's Wild West." Sierra. July/August 1985. 32-35

Jones, Jeffrey R, "Environmental issues and policies in Costa Rica: Control of deforestation" Policy Studies Journal. 1992, Winter p. 679-694

Douglis, Carole, "banana split" World Watch. 1993, Jan p. 5-7

Hecht, Susanna B. "The Logic of the Livestock and Deforestation in Amazonia." BioScience. November 1993 687-695

Joyce, Christopher. "Prospectors for Tropical Medicines." New Scientist. October 19 1991 36-40

Meyers, Norman. The Primary Source: Tropical Forest and Our Future. New York: W.W. Norton and Company. 1984

Repetto, Robert. "Deforestation in the Tropics." Scientific America. April 1990 36-40

Stycos, Steven, "Restoring the rainforest" Progressive. 1996, Sep p. 14

Vandermeer, John, "Slicing up the rain forest on your breakfast cereal" humanist. 1995, Sep p. 24-30


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