Ecuador’s Population Growth and Tropical Rainforest Deforestation

TitleEcuador’s Population Growth and Tropical Rainforest Deforestation
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsHolmgren, Derek
Academic DepartmentEnvironmental Science, College of Science
Thesis AdvisorWinner, William
DegreeBachelor of Arts in International Degree in Environmental Science
Number of Pages19
Date Published06/1997
UniversityOregon State University
Thesis TypeUndergraduate
Keywordsdeforestation, Ecuador, Environmental Science, rainforest

The Republic of Ecuador in South America has its own tropical rainforests and shares the tropical rainforests of Amazonia with several other countries relative to other Latin American countries, the rate of deforestation in Ecuador is high. The deforestation of tropical rainforests occurs for various reasons. In Ecuador, the causes of deforestation are numerous and widespread. The position of this paper is that population growth in Ecuador is responsible for tropical rainforest deforestation in the Oriente through the increased use of forest commodities. In order to defend this position, this paper will commence with an introductory description of deforestation in Ecuador. The goal of this section is to familiarize the reader with the status of tropical rainforests, the benefits of preserving these unique biomes, and provide a detailed explanation of the objectives of this paper. Then, the approach to analyzing the position of this paper will be outlined using the three objectives for this paper in a flow chart. Next, the results of these objectives will be put forth and analyzed. The results will assess the correlation between population growth and tropical rainforest deforestation and how population growth causes tropical rainforest deforestation through the increased use of commodities found in the forest. Predictions using land conversion scenarios will also be made about how future populations may affect deforestation. This paper will conclude with a section discussing the implications of the findings in this report on other forests found in the tropical countries.