Event Title

A Multinational Examination of the Factors Influencing Deforestation Rates Throughout the World

Location

Diamond 145

Start Date

30-4-2015 9:00 AM

End Date

30-4-2015 11:55 AM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

Our group is examining the various influences on the rate and prevalence of deforestation in an international context. Our research design is centered around identifying certain variables that we feel increase the prevalence of declines in forest cover as seen to a very serious degree in our present global community. Human impact on invaluable ecosystems is currently occurring at highly unsustainable rates and much of this is reflected in our institutions and our systematized disregard for the health of our planet and consequently ourselves. This research project will be comparing eight case study countries located in various continents and geographical settings to provide a multinational understanding of what causes high rates of deforestation and forest cover loss in a more generally applicable sense, as well as factors that minimize this issue. In doing so we aim to shed light on the areas that could use reworking in our current governments and societies in order to prevent deforestation rather than to attempt to mitigate the effects after the fact. This research will most likely be presented in poster form with visuals as well as data tables with comparisons of GDP per capita, economic sectors, reliance on the export of goods and services, natural resource reserves, and the influence of international treaties and domestic policies throughout the countries. These five variables in particular will be focused upon in our research and in our project through the Colby Liberal Arts Symposium to conceptualize deforestation in an international context.

Faculty Sponsor

Russ Cole

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Environmental Studies Program

CLAS Field of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1415

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Apr 30th, 9:00 AM Apr 30th, 11:55 AM

A Multinational Examination of the Factors Influencing Deforestation Rates Throughout the World

Diamond 145

Our group is examining the various influences on the rate and prevalence of deforestation in an international context. Our research design is centered around identifying certain variables that we feel increase the prevalence of declines in forest cover as seen to a very serious degree in our present global community. Human impact on invaluable ecosystems is currently occurring at highly unsustainable rates and much of this is reflected in our institutions and our systematized disregard for the health of our planet and consequently ourselves. This research project will be comparing eight case study countries located in various continents and geographical settings to provide a multinational understanding of what causes high rates of deforestation and forest cover loss in a more generally applicable sense, as well as factors that minimize this issue. In doing so we aim to shed light on the areas that could use reworking in our current governments and societies in order to prevent deforestation rather than to attempt to mitigate the effects after the fact. This research will most likely be presented in poster form with visuals as well as data tables with comparisons of GDP per capita, economic sectors, reliance on the export of goods and services, natural resource reserves, and the influence of international treaties and domestic policies throughout the countries. These five variables in particular will be focused upon in our research and in our project through the Colby Liberal Arts Symposium to conceptualize deforestation in an international context.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/73