Development policies and tropical deforestation in the southern Yucatán peninsula: centralized and decentralized approaches

  title={Development policies and tropical deforestation in the southern Yucat{\'a}n peninsula: centralized and decentralized approaches},
  author={Peter Klepeis},
  journal={Land Degradation \& Development},
  • P. Klepeis
  • Published 1 November 2003
  • Environmental Science
  • Land Degradation & Development
It is well established that for multiple biophysical contexts there are legacies of past government policies in present land conditions. Despite this recognition, however, investigation of ongoing tropical deforestation dynamics often de‐emphasizes the past. The case of the southern Yucatán peninsula demonstrates the need for historical analysis in identifying key drivers of deforestation. The most important land‐use changes in the region over the past 100 years are connected to shifts in… 

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