Deforestation and land use in the Brazilian Amazon

  title={Deforestation and land use in the Brazilian Amazon},
  author={Emilio F. Moran},
  journal={Human Ecology},
  • E. Moran
  • Published 1 March 1993
  • Economics, Political Science
  • Human Ecology
Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon was less than 1% before 1975. Between 1975 and 1987 the rate increased exponentially. By 1985, world opinion and attention to the destruction of the richest biome on earth led to elimination of some of the major incentives that had fueled deforestation. Favorable credit policies for cattle ranchers, rather than population growth, explains the process of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. The paper suggests other actions that may be taken to reduce… 
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