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Targeting Deforestation, Boosting Regeneration

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Published: April, 2020

EFFORTS TO COMBAT FOREST CLEARINGS IN THE AMAZON PROMOTE TROPICAL REGROWTH

Amazon conservation policy in Brazil has long focused on containing deforestation pressures. Yet, tropical forest regrowth expanded significantly in recent decades, despite the lack of targeted policy efforts to promote or protect regeneration. New work from CPI/PUC-Rio shows that environmental monitoring and law enforcement exclusively aimed at reducing Amazon deforestation helped boost tropical regeneration. Results suggest that environmental and socio-economic gains from conservation policies may be larger than initially presumed. Today, it would be both timely and strategic for Brazil to incorporate the promotion and protection of tropical regeneration into its conservation policy agenda.