Farm Households and Land Use in a Core Conservation Zone of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala

Carr, David L. (2008) Farm Households and Land Use in a Core Conservation Zone of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala. Human Ecology, 36. pp. 231-248.

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    This paper employs cross-tabular analysis, and multivariate and logistic regression to explore demographic, political-economic, socioeconomic, and ecological patterns of farm households and land use outcomes in an emergent agricultural frontier: the Sierra de Lacandón National Park (SLNP)-a core conservation zone of the Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR), Petén, Guatemala. Data were obtained from a 1998 probability sample of 241 farm households, the first large detailed household land use survey in Guatemala’s Selva Maya-the largest lowland tropical forest in Central America. Virtually all settler households were poor maize farmers who colonized the SLNP in search of land for subsistence. While they faced similar ecological and economic conditions, land use strategies and patterns of forest clearing varied with demographic, household, and farm characteristics. Findings support and refute elements from previous frontier land use theory and offer policy implications for conservation and development initiatives in the Maya Forest specifically, and in tropical agricultural frontiers in general.

    Item Type: Peer-reviewed Journal Article
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      Publisher: Springer
      Keywords: Maya Biosphere Reserve Guatemala Land use Deforestation Latin America
      Subjects: (F) People and the Environment > (FB) Resource Use
      (Z) Other or Unspecified
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3D) Other or Unspecified
      Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2013 14:09
      Last Modified: 07 Nov 2013 14:09

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