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Vanclay, JK 1993, 'Saving the tropical forest: Needs and prognosis', Ambio, vol. 22, pp. 225-231.

Copyright © (1993) Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences From AMBIO, by Vanclay Reprinted by permission of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences / Allen Press Publishing Services


Many attempts to reverse deforestation in the tropics have failed because they addressed symptoms rather than causes. Many pressures come from outside the forest, so a multi-sectoral approach is needed. The real causes and some possible solutions are examined. Whilst there is scope for further research, many problems can be overcome through increased community participation, better communication, more effective management and the implementation of a few simple guidelines.

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