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Deforestation and Neoliberal Policy in Southeastern Mexico. an Analysis of the PROCAMPO Program

Klepeis, Peter and Vance, Colin (2003) Deforestation and Neoliberal Policy in Southeastern Mexico. an Analysis of the PROCAMPO Program. Economic Geography, 79 (3), pp. 221-240.

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Abstract

A lingering question in economic geography is the degree to which there is a link between neoliberal policies and environmental degradation. Research is needed to relate such policies empirically to local-level decision making, both to evaluate their consequences and to contribute to an understanding of how cross-scalar dynamics drive processes of land-use change. This study examines the environmental impacts of a Mexican rual support program, referred to by its Spanish acronym, PPROCAMPO which was introduced in 1994 as part of a comprehensive agenda to liberalize the agricultural sector. Using both descriptive analyses of the study region´s political ecology and econometric modeling, we draw an o panel of farm-household data spanning 1986 <> 1997 to assess the impact of PROCAMPO an land-use change in southeastern Mexico. The results indicate that the program has had the unintended effect of fostering deforestation and has led to an only modest increase in market production. These findings suggest that lternative mechanisms may be needed to achieve the market integration and agricultural modernization sought by neoliberal policies, and that such plicies may have to be restructured to avoid unintended environmental impacts. By connecting macro level economic phenomena with regional and local environmental impacts, this study addresses the linkages of cross-scale human-environment interaction.

Document Type:Article
Title:Deforestation and Neoliberal Policy in Southeastern Mexico. an Analysis of the PROCAMPO Program
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Klepeis, PeterClark University
Vance, ColinUNSPECIFIED
Date:2003
Journal or Publication Title:Economic Geography
Refereed publication:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Volume:79
Page Range:pp. 221-240
Status:Published
Keywords:tropical deforestation, neoliberal policy, PROCAMPO, land-use change, Mexico
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VR - Verkehrsforschung
DLR - Research theme (Project):V -- no assignement
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research
Deposited By: Andrea Dumong
Deposited On:23 Nov 2005
Last Modified:06 Jan 2010 20:34

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