Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Carrots as Effective as Sticks for Slowing Amazon Deforestation

26.06.2014

Research review shows incentives slow rain forest encroachment

The rate of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has declined.

An international team of scientists, including one from Virginia Tech, reviewed published research about policy interventions and commodity market effects, and determined that positive incentives for farmers, counties, and states can do as much to preserve forests as public policies that call for penalties.

“The challenge now is to build upon this progress,” the team reports in an article in the June 6 issue of Science. “Some immediate and simple positive incentives for responsible, low-deforestation farmers could be established without major new policies or markets for ecosystem services.”

Suggestions include simplified regulatory requirements or discounts on environmental licensing procedures, better terms on pre-harvest packages from commodity suppliers, and lower interest rates or better terms on loans from banks for legally compliant landholders.

“Still, deforestation is only one of the threats to the Amazon region,” said Leandro Castello, an assistant professor of fish and wildlife conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech, a co-author of the review article.

“There is an urgent need to shift the Amazon conservation paradigm to encompass the freshwater ecosystems, which are being rapidly degraded by deforestation and construction of hydroelectric dams,” said Castello, who is first author on one of the articles reviewed. “We now know that freshwater ecosystems could be managed through policy and supply chains in a manner similar to that which is being done with deforestation.”

Castello, whose specialty is Amazon fisheries, is leading a team from the Woods Hole Research Center and the University of California, Santa Barbara, funded by NASA, assessing the impacts on wetlands and river ecosystems caused by extreme climatic events in collaboration with Brazilian scientists.

Additional resources are available through the Virginia Tech News website.

Lynn Davis | newswise

Further reports about: Amazon Carrots Deforestation Environment Sticks construction ecosystems farmers forests freshwater interest preserve

More articles from Ecology, The Environment and Conservation:

nachricht Contaminated water in 2 states linked to faulty shale gas wells
15.09.2014 | Duke University

nachricht Rules of thumb for climate change turned upside down
15.09.2014 | ETH Zurich

All articles from Ecology, The Environment and Conservation >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

"Start-ups and spin-offs funding – Public and private policies", 14th October 2014

12.09.2014 | Event News

BALTIC 2014: Baltic Sea Geologists meet in Warnemünde

03.09.2014 | Event News

IT security in the digital society

27.08.2014 | Event News

 
Latest News

Smithsonian Scientists Discover Tropical Tree Microbiome in Panama

16.09.2014 | Agricultural and Forestry Science

Scientists discover RNA modifications in some unexpected places

16.09.2014 | Life Sciences

Study first to use brain scans to forecast early reading difficulties

16.09.2014 | Studies and Analyses

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>