Michael Walch

Land Grab in the Amazon

Posted in Rates of Exchange: Amazon Studio by michaelwalch on 25 January, 2010

Under military rule in the 1960s and 1970s, the Brazilian government encouraged forest clearing in the Amazon as a form of economic development.  Basically, if you cleared the land and farmed it, it was yours.  This has led to confusion over land rights, to say the least, and crime that capitalizes on the confusion.  This adds additional layers of complexity to forest management and environmental preservation.

Brazil Aims to Prevent Land Grabs in Amazon a New York Times article about a new law being drafted to help establish and protect land rights.

In Brazil, Paying Farmers to Let the Trees Stand a New York Times article on programs to certify and pay farmers who manage their land well.


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