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The Political Ecology of a “Forest Transition”: Eucalyptus Forestry in the Southern Peruvian Andes

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Title: The Political Ecology of a “Forest Transition”: Eucalyptus Forestry in the Southern Peruvian Andes
Authors: Luzar, Jeffrey
Keywords: ethnobotany
rural development
rural economics
community forestry
show 12 morereforestation
tropical and subtropical forestry
Eucalyptus globulus
plantation forestry
land tenure
case studies
nongovernmental organizations
land reform
Andes Mountain region

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Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Citation: Luzar J. 2007. The political ecology of a “forest transition”: eucalyptus forestry in the southern Peruvian Andes. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 5:85-93.
Abstract: In numerous peasant communities of the Peruvian Andes, the eucalyptus tree (Eucalyptus globulus Labill.), an introduced species from Australia, represents a fundamental component of the rural livelihood system. This study examines the ways in which a forest transition--the partial reforestation of this region through eucalyptus plantation forestry--has, in addition to providing a valuable resource, transformed peasant economic and land tenure systems and shaped the position that peasant communities have assumed in Peruvian political and economic systems in recent decades. During the agrarian reforms of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the state promoted large-scale eucalyptus forestry, partially as a means of strengthening its political presence in the countryside. More recently, in the wake of structural adjustment, non-governmental actors--namely NGOs and private business--by engaging in rural forestry, entered the political and economic vacuum created by a receding state apparatus. Applying a political ecological perspective to a case study from southern Peru, this study looks specifically at the role that this widespread introduced species has played in shaping land tenure institutions, market integration, and peasant interactions with the state, outside NGOs and businesses.
ISSN: 1547-3465
Appears in Collections:2007 - Volume 5 : Ethnobotany Research and Applications

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