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Title: Forest policy reform in Brazil

Author: Bauch, S.; Sills, E.; Rodriguez Estraviz, L.C.; McGinley, K.; Cubbage, F.;

Date: 2009

Source: Journal of Forestry. 107(3): 132-138.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Rapid deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, caused by economic, social, and policy factors, has focused global and national attention on protecting this valuable forest resource. In response, Brazil reformed its federal forest laws in 2006, creating new regulatory, development, and incentive policy instruments and institutions. Federal forestry responsibilities are maintained within the ministry of the environment; its regulatory agency responsibilities are divided among three different branches of the agency; many powers are delegated to states and municipalities; and a new private concession system is being developed. These reforms offer promise to improve forest protection and management in Brazil but must overcome significant institutional and social resistance for success.

Keywords: Brazil, forest policy, law, Amazon

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Bauch, S.; Sills, E.; Rodriguez Estraviz, L.C.; McGinley, K.; Cubbage, F.2009. Forest policy reform in Brazil. Journal of Forestry 107(3): 132-138.


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