Forest transition theory and the reforesting of Scotland

Alexander Smith Mather

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    During the 20th century, the forest area in Scotland expanded threefold, after many centuries of decline. Similar trends of forest expansion following deforestation have operated in many other developed countries. The passage from net deforestation to net reforestation is defined as the forest transition, and over the last few years a body of theory relating to its drivers has evolved. The case of Scotland is considered in order to contribute to this growing body of theory.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)83-98
    Number of pages15
    JournalScottish Geographical Journal
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


    • deforestation
    • reforestation
    • resource crisis
    • forest transition theory
    • Scotland
    • Amazon


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