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The Forest Transition
A. S. Mather
Vol. 24, No. 4 (Dec., 1992), pp. 367-379
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20003181
Page Count: 13
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The concept of the forest transition or forest-area transition is discussed in terms of the change from decreasing to expanding forest areas that has taken place in many developed countries. Similarities between historical deforestation in now-developed countries and current deforestation in developing countries are outlined. The question of why and how the forest transition takes place is posed, and some preliminary discussion of the variables that may influence it is presented. Prospects for a forest transition in the tropical world and the world as a whole are considered.