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Population-Driven Changes in Land Use in Developing Countries

Citation

Bilsborrow, Richard E. & Okoth-Ogendo, H. W. O. (1992). Population-Driven Changes in Land Use in Developing Countries. Ambio, 21(1), 37-45.

Abstract

This paper shows that demographic processes influence land degradation through the intervening variables of land use. A proper understanding of the effects of population growth and redistribution on deforestation, soil erosion, etc., requires examining changes in land-use patterns over time. A conceptual framework is proposed, wherein these changes are seen to be manifest in various forms, depending on natural resources and institutional factors, including changes in land-tenure arrangements, land intensification, and land extensification. Cross-country data on demographic trends, changes in land use and environmental degradation are presented, to provide an overview for Latin American and sub-Saharan Africa. Specific linkages are examined and case studies for Guatemala and Kenya are also presented.

URL

http://www.jstor.org/stable/4313884

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Ambio

Author(s)

Bilsborrow, Richard E.
Okoth-Ogendo, H. W. O.

Year Published

1992

Volume Number

21

Issue Number

1

Pages

37-45

Reference ID

79