Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon shifts to less accessible areas

Deforestation decreased in the Brazilian Amazon considerably between 2004 and 2012 and and is since more less stable. Research indicates that those reductions where not uniform across the basin which bears important consequences for policy design. The following graph shows deforestation as a function of travel time. It depicts that the participation of deforestation increased in remote areas over time which might ultimately increase the costs for command and control policies to reduce illegal deforestation. Command and control policies where however  an integral part of deforestation reductions in the past and this trend is alarming given the steep budgetary cuts for environmental agencies under current Brazilian government.

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