Ecosystem Services, Agriculture, and Rural Poverty in the Eastern Brazilian Amazon: Interrelationships and Policy Prescriptions.

TitleEcosystem Services, Agriculture, and Rural Poverty in the Eastern Brazilian Amazon: Interrelationships and Policy Prescriptions.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsBörner J, Mendoza A, Vosti S
ContactAuthorasb@cgiar.org
JournalEcological Economics
Volume64
Issue2
Start Page356
Pagination356-373
Date PublishedDecember 2007
KeywordsAgriculture, Biodiversity, Brazil, carbon, Deforestation, Payment for ecosystem services
AbstractPolicymakers seeking to modify financial incentives to increase the flows of ecosystem services in and around tropical moist forests must consider where to focus their attention and what collection of incentives can effectively achieve policy objectives. In most cases, policymakers focus on extensively forested areas where the flows of ecosystem services between agriculture and the environment is generally characterized by massive flows of carbon and soil nutrients from forests to agriculture. In these forest margin areas the stock of primary forest is eventually exhausted and the cheap ingredients provided by nature to agriculture become increasingly scarce. At this point, policy interest generally wanes, and agriculture and the environment begin slow declines in ecosystem service exchange, often with negative consequences for rural poverty.
URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S092180090700170X
DOI10.1016/j.ecolecon.2007.03.001