Sociodemographic, Technological, and Economic Factors Affecting Biodiversity in the Lantapan, Philippines
University of the Philippines Los Banos (Philippines)
A. C. Rola
This project hypothesized that changing agricultural practices, population pressure, and economic factors would result in loss of biodiversity. The end goals were to define concrete measures to minimize losses of biodiversity through policy recommendations and to increase farmer awareness of the consequences of their current practices.
The main objectives of this project were to: 1. Draw upon censuses, vital registration data, survey reports, and the annual reports of the Lantapan municipality to analyze the past and current demographic situation in the study site. 2. To trace technological transition in Lantapan agriculture to explain current production systems. 3. To analyze the economics of varying levels of chemical use in the current production systems and to qualitatively investigate the influence of institutional arrangements (labor, tenure, and credit) in the choice of these technologies. 4. To provide a socioeconomic database that could be used to explain levels of biodiversity in the study site.