In Place of the Forest: Environmental and Socio-economic Transformation in Borneo and the Eastern Malay Peninsula

Overview
  • Harold Brookfield, Lesley Potter and Yvonne Byron

    in place of forest
    PUBLICATION DATA:
    ISBN-10: 9280808931,
    ISBN-13: 978-92-808-0893-3
    LANGUAGE:
    English
    PAGES:
    310
    PUBLISHER:
    United Nations University Press
    PUBLISHED:
    April 1995

    This book describes the course of the modern transformation of Borneo and the eastern side of the Malay Peninsula, an area considered to be “environmentally critical” because of the massive deforestation that has taken lace since the 1960s. The book begins with a description of the natural environment and its dynamics, and then reviews the considerable changes that occurred before the modern period. Against this background, the authors examine the changes that have occurred since World War II. One conclusion drawn is that the greatest dangers arise from national policies that continue to treat the region as a “resource frontier” despite the growing resource scarcity.