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Dynamics of indirect land-use change: empirical evidence from Brazil

Palmer, Charles and Di Falco, Salvatore (2012) Dynamics of indirect land-use change: empirical evidence from Brazil. Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment working paper, No. 74. Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK.

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Abstract

The expansion of a given land use may affect deforestation directly if forests are cleared to free land for this use, or indirectly, via the displacement of other land-use activities from non-forest areas towards the forest frontier. Unlike direct land conversion, indirect land-use changes affecting deforestation are not immediately observable. They require the linking of changes occurring in different regions. This paper empirically estimates these indirect effects for the case of Brazil. It presents evidence of a positive relationship between sugarcane expansion in the south of the country and cattle ranching in the Amazon, suggesting that the former is indeed displacing the latter towards the forest frontier. This displacement effect is shown to be a dynamic process, materialising over ten to 15 years.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/
Additional Information: © 2012 London School of Economics and Political Science
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: No. 74
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2012 15:25
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/44835/

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