Title: Brazilian Amazon: a significant five year drop in deforestation rates but figures are on the rise again
Authors: MALINGREAU Jean-PaulEVA HughDE MIRANDA Evaristo Eduardo
Citation: AMBIO vol. 41 no. 3 p. 309-314
Publisher: SPRINGER
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC66939
ISSN: 0044-7447
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC66939
DOI: 10.1007/s13280-011-0196-7
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: Brazilian officials have recently announced that, after a five year lull, deforestation rates are again on the rise in the Legal Amazon (INPE 2011). While this may come as no surprise to some, it is still useful to examine the conditions which have led to the unexpected success by the authorities in reducing deforestation over the previous five years. The more so in that these years were characterized by rising agricultural commodity prices, usually a key driver in deforestation dynamics. We argue here that, despite the strong efforts by national and regional authorities to control deforestation processes a reversal of the trend was bound to occur as new policies were set into motion during the relatively quiet deforestation period to accommodate the economic aspirations of a growing population in Amazonia. Such aspirations were voiced in the National Congress, when deputies voted in May 2011 to relax the forest code laws. In a probable anticipation to such reform, an unambiguous upsurge in deforestation was observed in early 2011.
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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