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