Balance is beautiful:
Assessing sustainable development in the rain forests of the Bolivian Amazon


By Alan J. Bojanic Helbingen - 2001, 256 pp

Summary: This Ph.D. thesis aims at improving the understanding of the economic, environmental and social inter-relationships inherent in development processes. This study specifically deals with the problems and efforts involved in the use of the rain forests of the Bolivian Amazon. The core issues addressed in the different chapters are: economic growth and distribution of income in the Brazil nut industry; the social-institutional constraints in the conduct of transactions by means of the advance payment system (habilito), the financial viability of forest management under the new Bolivian forestry law; rent capturing in the timber industry; and an environmentally extended Social Accounting Matrix (ESAM) used to explore the interactions between the economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainable development. It also compares the benefits of alternative forestland use options The final chapter discusses the policy implications of the various scenarios and formulates recommendations.

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Table of contents

Table of Contents [33kb]

Preface, Acknowledgements and General Introduction [32kb]

Chapter 1: Views on sustainability, the contribution of forests and the development of Amazonia [186kb]

Chapter 2: The national and the regional setting: factors and actors influencing the development process [279kb]

Chapter 3: The Brazil nut industry: significance, and the circulation and distribution of income [6.8MB]

Chapter 4: The advance payment system or habilito: a social institution inducing uncertainty in the Brazil nut industry [77kb]

Chapter 5: The timber industry: is it feasible tom manage tropical forests sustainably? [79kb]

Chapter 6: The value of timber: social and private conflicts over forests rents [2.3MB]

Chapter 7: Searching for balance: examining the economic-environment well being interactions with an environmentalally extended social accounting matrix [151kb]

Chapter 8: Extraction of forest products or conversion: is there a future for the region's forestlands? [39kb]

Chapter 9: Summary, general conclusions and policy implications. [38kb]

References [224kb]

Appendices [94kb]

Samenvatting - Resumen ejecutivo [104 kb]

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