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    Author(s): Robert Walker; Alfredo Kingo Oyama Homma
    Date: 1996
    Source: Ecological Economics 18 67-80
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    This paper presents a theoretical discussion of processes linking land use decisions and land cover outcomes at household level, with an emphasis on small proceduers. Evidence from the literature substantiating the existence of domestic cycle phenomena is brought forward and interpreted for the Brazilian case. Also considered are the relative disposition of production factors in the frontier development process, implications for the exercise of political power, and relationships between land concentration and ecological change. The paper concludes with a discussion of traditional land use zonation models originating with Von Thunen, and considers their relevance for the process of frontier development and tropical deforestation.

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    Walker, Robert; Oyama Homma, Alfredo Kingo. 1996. Land use and land cover dynamics in the Brazilian Amazon: an overview. Ecological Economics 18 67-80


    Land use, Land cover, Brazilian Amazon, Zonation models, Frontier development, Tropical deforestation, Small producers

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