FIGURES AND TABLES

FIGURES
1.1 Global distribution of tropical forests 4
1.2 Relationship between vegetation and climate 7
1.3 Global distribution of major terrestrial biomes 9
1.4 Vegetation characteristics in the rainforest 13
1.5 Structure of tropical evergreen rainforest 15
1.6 Brazilian tropical rainforest food web 20
2.1 Satellite photographs of forest clearance in Amazonia 38
2.2 ‘Hot spot’ areas of rainforest clearance 40
3.1 Shifting cultivation, population density and soil fertility 49
3.2 Main flows of people in the Indonesian Transmigration Programme 53
3.3 The North-West Region Programme, Polonoroeste, Brazil 55
3.4 Global trade in tropical timber 59
3.5 Major road network in Brazil 71
3.6 Location of the major development projects in Brazil 74
3.7 The Grande Carajas project, Brazil 76
4.1 Changes in soil properties after conversion of forest to pasture 91
4.2 Factors in the drought-flood cycle triggered by forest clearance 94
4.3 Relationships between forest clearance and crop failure 96
5.1 Location of rainforest Indian tribes in Brazil 109
5.2 Yanomami lands and forest reserves in north-west Brazil 112
6.1 The United Nations Tropical Forest Classification System 132
6.2 Management of tropical closed forests, 1987 134
6.3 Tropical forest management for environmental protection and sustained yield 141
6.4 Main global flows of tropical timber 144
6.5 Changes in the supply of tropical hardwood to Japan between 1965 and 1987 145

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Plates ix
  • Figures and Tables x
  • Acknowledgements xiii
  • 1 - The Tropical Rainforest: History and Environment 1
  • 2 - Destruction of the Rainforest: Rates of Loss 31
  • 3 - Causes and Processes of Clearance 43
  • 4 - Impacts and Costs of Destruction 81
  • 5 - Forest Peoples 104
  • 6 - Possible Solutions 126
  • Notes 163
  • References 172
  • Index 181
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