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New Book: Deforesting Malaysia: The Political Economy and Social Ecology of Agricultural Expansion and Commercial Logging

30 Jan 2004

  • Authors: Jomo K.S., Chang Y.T., Khoo K.J


This 253-page edited volume carefully distinguishes among the three major regions of the country, namely Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak, not only in recognition of the ecological variation of equatorial Malaysia, but also of the different economic, political and social dynamics involved.

Originally commissioned by UNRISD and published in association with Zed Books, this volume primarily considers the role of agricultural expansion in deforestation. It reveals that in recent decades, commercial logging has greatly increased in significance, and has been exacerbated by the complex dynamics of Malaysian federal-state fiscal relations, "money politics", "cronyism", and international demand for tropical timber.

A large team of contributors to the research that went into the volume supported the principal authors.

Contents
Abbreviations
Preface
Acknowledgements
Malaysia: An Introduction
Agriculture and the Forests
Peninsular Malaysia
Sabah
Sarawak
Politics and Logging
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

Jomo K.S. is Head of Development Studies, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Malaya and is a member of the UNRISD Board. Chang Y.T. is an economist who has also worked on environmental issues in Malaysia, and is a consultant by profession. Khoo K.J. is an independent writer and former academic in Malaysia who has written on a broad variety of issues.

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