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The Deforestation of the Amazon
A Case Study in Understanding Ecosystems and Their Value
In this case study, students examine tropical deforestation in the Amazon from the perspective of three dominant stakeholders in the region: a peasant farmer, logger, and environmentalist. As part of the exercise, students perform a cost-benefit analysis of clearing a plot of tropical forest in the Amazon from the perspective of one of these stakeholder groups. Developed for a course in global change biology, this case could also be used in courses in general ecology, environmental science, environmental ethics, environmental policy, and environmental/ecological economics.
|Keywords:||Deforestation; Amazon; tropical forest; rainforest; ecosystem; biodiversity; bioprospecting; ecotourism; ecological economics; cost-benefit analysis; tropics; developing world; South America|
|Topical Area:||Ethics, Policy issues, Social issues, Social justice issues|
|Educational Level:||High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division|
|Type/Method:||Analysis (Issues), Role-Play|
|Subject Headings:||Environmental Science Ecology Economics Business / Management Science Forestry Botany / Plant Science Agriculture|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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