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Causes of forest encroachment: An analysis of Bangladesh


Iftekhar, M and Hoque, AKF, Causes of forest encroachment: An analysis of Bangladesh, Geojournal: An International Journal on Human Geography and Environmental Sciences, 62, (1-2) pp. 95-106. ISSN 0343-2521 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/s10708-005-7917-z


Deforestation is a major cause of environmental degradation. Tropical countries with huge population pressure and widespread poverty are main frontier of deforestation. Bangladesh, being one the most densely populated country with diminishing tropical forestland, supports lowest per capita forestland. The forests are depleting mainly due to illegal logging and conversion to non-forestry uses. In this paper encroachment of forestland by individuals has been dealt with. The socioeconomic causes and pattern of encroachment have been analyzed. Limited land availability and unemployment have been identified as the major proximate causes of encroachment and, if no measures are adopted within next three decades the existing natural forests might be encroached. © Springer 2005.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Natural resource management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Fresh, ground and surface water systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems
UTAS Author:Iftekhar, M (Dr Md Sayed Iftekhar)
ID Code:68759
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Economics and Finance
Deposited On:2011-03-19
Last Modified:2011-05-14

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