Special Feature: The Extinction of Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon: Is It Possible?

Collection launched: 20 Oct 2016

Guest Editor: Paulo Moutinho, Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM)

Assessing social, environmental and institutional factors for continued success

Conversion of forests to agriculture in the Brazilian Amazon has been a major contributor to global GHG emissions. Since 2005, deforestation has declined by 70%, presumably as a result of expanded protected areas, more sustainable supply chains, farmer compensation, law enforcement, and other programs. Given growing demands for soy, beef and other commodities and recent policy shifts, is this reduction sustainable? And will the predicted effects of climate change outweigh progress in GHG reductions? In this Special Feature, we look at why deforestation rates have declined and how to achieve both zero deforestation and regional prosperity by 2020.

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Ensia has published the following article by Paulo Moutinho in collaboration with this Elementa Special Feature: Is zero deforestation possible for the Brazilian Amazon?

Associate Editor Paulo Moutinho contributes to NPR conversation on Amazon deforestation concerns.

Additional articles under review