Gerhard van den Top
Since 1900, the once-rich forests of the Philippines have virtually vanished. Based on ten years of research (five in the Sierra Madre region), this volume offers a detailed case study into the dynamics of forest use, degradation and loss in north-eastern Luzon. This is not merely an account of an ecological disaster; it is also a social history in which the author introduces us to the actions, livelihood options and motives of all the principal actors. In so doing, he seeks to explain rather than merely condemn what has happened. Balancing between systematic survey data and qualitative, almost
anecdotal, reporting of conversations with these key actors, this book offers a compelling insight into the long history of national, regional and local outsiders gaining access to the natural resources and lands of this last large forest frontier in the Philippines.