Land Use Changes in Tropical Watersheds: Evidence, Causes and Remedies

Edited by G E Shively and I Coxhead 
CABI  December 2005  

Hardback  208 pp  ISBN 9780851999128      £65.00
This book studies land use change in tropical landscapes, with particular emphasis on the economic processes that influence rates of land degradation and forest clearing. Multidisciplinary contributions draw lessons from a rich, decade-long collection of economic, social and environmental data on the Manupali upland watershed in the southern Philippines. Through this detailed case study the book documents forces leading to land use changes, in particular the potential impacts of institutional evolution and policy reforms, and highlights interrelationships between biological, economic, and social phenomena. It is the result of a long-term project from the Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Collaborative Research Support Program (SANREM CRSP), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Readership: Students and researchers in natural resource economics, soil, water, land use and development studies.


  • Economic development and watershed degradation, I Coxhead and G Shively
  • Agricultural development and institutional transitions, A Rola, University of the Philippines at Los Banos and I Coxhead
  • Water quality changes in the Manupali River watershed, W Deutsch, Auburn University, USA, and J Oprecio, Parkshomes, Subdivision, The Philippines
  • How do national markets and price policies affect land use at the forest margin?, I Coxhead, A Rola and K Kim, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
  • How do relative price changes alter land use decisions? I Coxhead and B Demeke, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • Economic incentives and agricultural outcomes in upland settings, I Coxhead and G Shively
  • Simulating soil erosion and sediment yield in small upland watersheds using the WEPP model, V Ella, University of the Philippines at Los Banos, Philippines
  • Identifying soil erosion hotspots in the Manupali River watershed, E Paningbatan, Jr., University of the Philippines at Los Banos, Philippines
  • Alternatives to traditional annual crop agriculture in the uplands, D Midmore, Central Queensland University, Australia, D Poudel, University of Louisiana, USA, T Nissen, US Department of State, Washington, USA, A Dano, Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), The Philippines, and G Zhu, Central Queensland University, Australia
  • Linking economic policies and environmental outcomes at a watershed scale, G Shively and C Zelek, US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Services, USA
  • Using Payments for Environmental Services (PES) to assist in watershed management, S Pagiola and M delos Angeles, The World Bank, USA, and G Shively
  • Conclusions and some directions for future research, I Coxhead, A Rola and G Shively

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