Estimating the Environmental Costs of Africa’s Massive “Development Corridors”

  title={Estimating the Environmental Costs of Africa’s Massive “Development Corridors”},
  author={William F. Laurance and Sean Sloan and Lingfei Weng and Jeffrey A. Sayer},
  journal={Current Biology},
In sub-Saharan Africa, dozens of major "development corridors" have been proposed or are being created to increase agricultural production [1-4], mineral exports [5-7], and economic integration. The corridors involve large-scale expansion of infrastructure such as roads, railroads, pipelines, and port facilities and will open up extensive areas of land to new environmental pressures [1, 4, 8]. We assessed the potential environmental impacts of 33 planned or existing corridors that, if completed… CONTINUE READING
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