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Technologies to Sustain Tropical Forest Resources

Technologies to Sustain Tropical Forest Resources

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Technologies To Sustain Forest Resources
March 1984
OTA-F-515NTIS order #PB92-182104
Recommended Citation:
Technologies to Sustain Tropical Forest Resources
(Washington, D. C.: U.S. Congress,Office of Technology Assessment, OTA-F-214, March 1984).
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 84-601018For sale by the Superintendent of DocumentsU.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402
The United States has a stake in the sustained economic development of tropical
nations for humanitarian, political, and economic reasons. To a great extent, thedevelopment of these nations depends on increasing production from their poten-
tially renewable soil, forest, and water resources. But tropical forest resources, which
cover nearly one-half of the tropical nations’ land, are being consumed at a ratethat may make them nonrenewable. They are exploited for timber and cleared forpasture and cropland with little regard for their abilities to produce—in a long-term sustainable fashion—important goods, maintain soil productivity, regulatewater regimes, or regenerate themselves. Much of the recent deforestation occurswhere the new land uses cannot be sustained and it causes productivity losses thattropical nations and the world can ill afford.International recognition of the importance of tropical forests, and efforts tosustain the productivity of these resources, have increased significantly in the lastdecade. In
the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Sub-committee on International Organizations, held hearings on tropical deforestation.The committee then requested the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA)
con-duct a more thorough assessment of the problem, the technologies that could helpsustain tropical forest resources, and possible options for Congress. The Subcom-mittee on Insular Affairs of the House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairsand the Subcommittee on Environmental Pollution of the Senate Committee onPublic Works endorsed the request. The Senate Committee on Energy and NaturalResources asked that the assessment specifically address forest resources of theU.S. insular territories in the Caribbean and western Pacific. The report and itstwo background papers
(Reforestation of Degraded Lands
U.S. and Interna-tional Institutions)
identify and discuss in-depth some of the constraints and op-portunities to develop and implement forest-sustaining technologies.OTA greatly appreciates the contributions of the advisory panel and workshopparticipants assembled for the study, the authors of the commissioned technicalpapers, and the many others who assisted us, including liaisons from other Govern-ment agencies. As with all OTA studies, however, the content of the report is thesole responsibility of OTA.

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