Oil production can damage rainforests, but this is just one side of a complicated story about the impact of oil on land use. This book a study of eight tropical oil-producing countries, examines the linkages between trade, macroeconomics and policies affecting the environment. In a balanced and comprehensive review, including a detailed assessment of land use in Cameroon, Ecuador, Gabon, Papua New Guinea and Venezuela, the author comes up with a counterintuitive suggestion: oil revenues often indirectly come to protect tropical forests. There are numerous implications for policy formulation to decide what can be done to diminish deforestation without jeopardising economic growth.
Topic: deforestation,fuel oil,petroleum,environmental impact,land use,national income,macroeconomics,trade,tropical forests
Geographic: Cameroon,Ecuador,Gabon,Papua New Guinea,Venezuela
Pages: xxi, 432p.
Publisher: Routledge, London, UK
Publication Year: 2003