Continuity and Evolution of ASB-Brazil User Needs: Report of Consultations with Stakeholders in Brazil.

TitleContinuity and Evolution of ASB-Brazil User Needs: Report of Consultations with Stakeholders in Brazil.
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsVosti S, Davis U, Porro R, Tomich T
ContactAuthorasb@cgiar.org
Pagination34
Date PublishedNovember 2003
KeywordsAmazon, Brazil, Deforestation
AbstractDeforestation in the Brazilian Amazon reached one of its highest levels in 2002.1 Most deforestation took place in the ‘deforestation arc’ along the southern parts of the Amazon, but no area was unaffected by this surge in forest clearing and burning. While nobody expected deforestation to stop, this surge took most people by surprise. Reasons for the spike in burning were often site- or state-specific, but pent up demand for cleared land, the slow return of economic growth, social instability and political uncertainty all seemed to have combined to both increase the demand for cleared land and to reduce the expected political and economic costs associated with converting forest to agriculture. Agencies at all levels responsible for monitoring and controlling forest conversion are redoubling their efforts to do so, with support from the international community. This spike in deforestation, with its unfortunate environmental effects, may provide ASB with a window of opportunity for establishing itself more prominently in the research and policy making communities in the Amazon region.
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