Rodrigues, Ana S. L. and Ewers, Robert M. and Parry, Luke and Souza, Carlos and Verissimo, Adalberto and Balmford, Andrew (2009) Boom-and-bust development patterns across the Amazon deforestation frontier. Science, 324 (5933). pp. 1435-1437. ISSN 0036-8075Full text not available from this repository.
The Brazilian Amazon is globally important for biodiversity, climate, and geochemical cycles, but is also among the least developed regions in Brazil. Economic development is often pursued through forest conversion for cattle ranching and agriculture, mediated by logging. However, on the basis of an assessment of 286 municipalities in different stages of deforestation, we found a boom-and-bust pattern in levels of human development across the deforestation frontier. Relative standards of living, literacy, and life expectancy increase as deforestation begins but then decline as the frontier evolves, so that pre- and postfrontier levels of human development are similarly low. New financial incentives and policies are creating opportunities for a more sustained development trajectory that is not based on the depletion of nature and ecosystem services.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Science|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||LAND-USE ; FOREST DEGRADATION ; BRAZILIAN AMAZONIA ; CONSERVATION ; ENVIRONMENT ; EMISSIONS ; SERVICES ; PASTURE ; CLIMATE ; BASIN|
|Departments:||Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre|
|Deposited On:||12 Dec 2011 09:08|
|Last Modified:||24 Oct 2016 02:49|
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