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Protected territories, though critical, are not enough to slow Amazon deforestation

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Published: May, 2020

Brazil requires coordinated and targeted conservation policies

As part of its effort to fight Amazon deforestation since the early 2000s, Brazil allocated protected territories in high-risk zones to block advancing forest clearings. New work from CPI/PUC-Rio shows that protected territories shielded forests under their domain, but they also appear to have deflected deforestation to unprotected regions. The findings highlight the local effectiveness of these territories, and thereby support their use in protecting high-value areas. Yet, results also reinforce the importance of pursuing protection strategies in combination with integrated conservation policy efforts to reduce deforestation throughout the Amazon.