Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/123532
Authors: 
Asongu, Simplice A.
Jingwa, Brian
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
AGDI Working Paper WP/11/017
Abstract: 
Recent distressing trends in climate change, population explosion and deforestation inspired this paper, which completes existing literature by providing empirical justification to hypothetical initiatives on the impact of population growth on forest sustainability in Africa. Using three instruments of forest exploitation, the study shows how rural, agricultural and national population growths affect forest-area and agricultural-land. In this particular study the findings indicate that instruments of forest exploitation do not explain changes in forest-area and agricultural-land beyond population growth mechanisms. Hence, population growth channels are a driving force by which forest-area and agricultural-land are depleted and expanded respectively. As a policy implication in the process of deforestation, a balanced approach is needed to take account of the interests of both; a green economy promoting sustainable development and the growing population needs.
Subjects: 
Demography
Forestry
Agriculture
Environment
Africa
JEL: 
J10
L73
N50
O13
Q23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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