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Copyright 2008 by the author(s). Published here under license by the Resilience Alliance. Pars-Ramos, I. K., W. A. Gould, and T. Mitchell Aide. 2008. Agricultural abandonment, suburban growth,
 

Summary: Copyright © 2008 by the author(s). Published here under license by the Resilience Alliance.
Parés-Ramos, I. K., W. A. Gould, and T. Mitchell Aide. 2008. Agricultural abandonment, suburban growth,
and forest expansion in Puerto Rico between 1991 and 2000.. Ecology and Society 13(2): 1. [online] URL:
http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol13/iss2/art1/
Research, part of a Special Feature on The influence of human demography and agriculture on natural
systems in the Neotropics
Agricultural Abandonment, Suburban Growth, and Forest Expansion in
Puerto Rico between 1991 and 2000
Isabel K. Parés-Ramos 1
, William A. Gould 2
, and T. Mitchell Aide 1
ABSTRACT. The response of local economies to the globalization process can have a large effect on
population and land-use dynamics. In countries with a high population density and relatively high levels
of education, the globalization process has resulted in a shift in the local economy from agriculture to
manufacturing, technology, and service sectors. This shift in the economy has impacted land-use dynamics
by decreasing agricultural lands, increasing urban growth, and in some cases, increasing forest cover. This
process of economic and forest transition has been well documented in Puerto Rico for the period 1950 to
1990, but some authors predicted that poor planning and continued urban growth would eliminate the gains
in forest cover. To investigate the impacts of recent economic changes, we evaluated demographic and
land-use changes for 880 "barrios" (i.e., neighborhoods), the smallest administrative unit, in Puerto Rico

  

Source: Aide, Mitchell - Department of Biology, Universidad de Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology