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The pursuit of human needs and demands is placing more pressure on land resources than ever before. The challenge of feeding 7 billion people is increasingly competing with rising demands for materials and biofuels. Deforestation and land degradation are among the pressing outcomes of these trends. Drivers of environmental change-including population growth, economic activity, consumption, urbanization, trade, conflict, and governance-clearly play a role in aggravating or mitigating thesedoi:10.4236/nr.2014.54015 fatcat:otuquderivc3xi67756qzrpzdu