Article publication Deforestation and Development: How Do Forests and Population Living Standards Coevolve by Marie Boltz, Philippe Delacote and Kenneth Houngbedji in Springer review.
Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics
Forests provide many benefits to the planet. However, the conversion of forested land for economic activities is a growing concern worldwide, especially in tropical regions, where forests are frequently cleared to meet the demand for resources such as food and energy. While economic development is essential for improving living conditions in countries with tropical rainforest, it is crucial to ensure that this development is accompanied with forest conservation. To help identify options to balance economic development with the preservation of forest services, this chapter presents an overview of the main theory behind the dynamic relationship between forests and economic development. It also outlines two broad categories of policies aimed at reducing forest loss due to economic activities: forest preservation and poverty reduction policies.