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Boom-and-bust development patterns across the Amazon deforestation frontier

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 0036-8075

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Science
Uncontrolled Keywords: LAND-USE ; FOREST DEGRADATION ; BRAZILIAN AMAZONIA ; CONSERVATION ; ENVIRONMENT ; EMISSIONS ; SERVICES ; PASTURE ; CLIMATE ; BASIN
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: UNSPECIFIED
ID Code: 51988
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 12 Dec 2011 09:08
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2014 14:56
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/51988

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