From deforestation to reforestation: Applying the forest transition to the Cockpit Country of Jamaica

Benjamin F. Timms, James Hayes, Melissa Mccracken

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Abstract

The forest transition model posits that as a society advances to later stages of demographic and economic transitions, reforestation begins to outpace deforestation. However, this concept was constructed on endogenous factors within more developed nation-states, giving scant attention to exogenous factors that today's globalising world has made increasingly relevant. Further, the transition period between net deforestation and net reforestation needs to be better understood, particularly in developing countries that may be going through a forest transition. Here we address these issues in the Cockpit Country region of Jamaica through a remote-sensing analysis of forest-cover change from 1987 to 2011. Our findings suggest this region is in the turnaround period of the forest transition attributable to changes in demographics and the Jamaican agricultural sector, which has been decimated by neoliberal economic policies leading to agricultural land abandonment. This study contributes to the development of the forest transition concept through adding a Caribbean case study inclusive of exogenous factors related to the changing global political economy and addressing the mechanisms at work during the forest transition turnaround.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-87
Number of pages11
JournalArea
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013

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Jamaica
reforestation
deforestation
demographic transition
market transition
nation state
economic policy
forest cover
political economy
agricultural sector
Economic Policy
agricultural land
developing world
remote sensing
developing country
economics

Keywords

  • Caribbean
  • Cockpit Country
  • Forest transition
  • Jamaica
  • Land-use and land-cover change
  • Remote sensing

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  • Geography, Planning and Development

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From deforestation to reforestation : Applying the forest transition to the Cockpit Country of Jamaica. / Timms, Benjamin F.; Hayes, James; Mccracken, Melissa.

In: Area, Vol. 45, No. 1, 01.03.2013, p. 77-87.

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Timms, Benjamin F. ; Hayes, James ; Mccracken, Melissa. / From deforestation to reforestation : Applying the forest transition to the Cockpit Country of Jamaica. In: Area. 2013 ; Vol. 45, No. 1. pp. 77-87.
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