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Economic and policy drivers of deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon

Riocentro, Room T-10, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2012-06-01

Side Event at Rio +20 organized by the Institute for Applied Economic Research

This side event aims at reviewing the recent economic and social drivers of the deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon region, as well as analyzing to which extent environmental policies have been effective in decreasing deforestation rates recently. New policy proposals that combine forest conservation and sustainable use with socioeconomic development and a greener economy in the Amazon will be discussed.

The event starts with an introduction to policies that are in place to combat illegal forest loss and follows with presentations of new research results based on quantitative analyses of deforestation dynamics and their empirical linkages with economic variables and environmental regulations.

Panelists will engage the audience in a debate focusing on potential ways to enhancing the effectiveness of forest conservation policies against the backdrop of social and economic development of the region as well as Brazil?s pledge to achieve the ambitious conservation targets proposed in Copenhagen.

Panelist

Juliano Assunção, Director, CPI Rio