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Addressing Deforestation on the Island of Hispaniola

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dc.contributor.advisor Lair, Meredith Kanojia, Monica
dc.creator Kanojia, Monica 17-12-18 2018-06-11T20:22:57Z 2018-06-11T20:22:57Z
dc.identifier doi:10.13021/G8TH7W
dc.description.abstract Deforestation disproportionately impacts countries in tropical regions given the dependence on forest-related activities as the predominate source of income. The island of Hispaniola, composed of neighboring nations of Haiti the Dominican Republic, in particular has experienced varying levels of success with forest conservation. However, for the most part the recovery of forested land has progressed at a slow pace, if at all. This study takes a qualitative approach to determining what factors have hindered the optimization of conservation efforts and how they can be improved upon to support reduction of deforestation in the future. Conservation practitioners with experience specific to Hispaniola were interviewed for this study and their responses indicate that barriers to effective conservation fall into four broad categories: social, economic, governance and management. The component that emerged as the missing piece of the puzzle on the island of Hispaniola is engaging with local communities to ensure the progression of conservation efforts. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Hispaniola en_US
dc.subject deforestation en_US
dc.subject forest conservation en_US
dc.subject community-based conservation en_US
dc.title Addressing Deforestation on the Island of Hispaniola en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies en_US Master's en_US Interdisciplinary Studies en_US George Mason University en_US

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