Sustainable Amazon: Limitations and opportunities for rural development
Souza, C., Jr.
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This report contributes to the debate surrounding land use in the Brazilian Amazon. It sets the context by reviewing the evidence concerning the deleterious effect of increasing levels of rainfall on agricultural settlement and productivity. Next, it compares the economic future of an Amazonian community under the traditional "predatory logging followed by ranching" model, and under sustainable logging. Last, the authors investigate the potential to create a system of national forests.