Sensitive development could protect Amazonia instead of destroying it

11 de janeiro de 2001

jan 11, 2001

Georgia Carvalho, Ana Cristina Barros, Paulo Moutinho, Daniel Nepstad

After 40 years of government induced settlement of the Brazilian Amazon, the core of this region has experienced surprisingly little deforestation. The agriculture and ranching that cause deforestation depend upon reliable roads, which are concentrated along the eastern and southern flanks of Amazonia. This ‘passive protection’ of central Amazonia may soon be lost, however, unless the proposed paving of roads through the core of the region is reassessed.

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