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Property rights, land conflicts and deforestation in the Eastern Amazon

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In the Brazilian Amazon, insecure property rights are among the main causes of land conflicts and deforestation. Through an in-depth empirical case study in Maranhao in the Eastern Amazon, this research analyzes how distorted agrarian, forest and environmental policies, laws and regulations originated insecure property rights not only over land, but also over timber, which allied to social and political factors, such as uneven distribution of land and strong organization of landless peasants, led to land conflicts and deforestation. This paper also shows that the causes of and the several actors involved in the deforestation of the Amazon were not independent, rather they were related and interact to each other. Compatibility between environmental goals and agrarian policies, regulations and laws are necessary to provide secure and clear property rights to allow a better enforcement of environmental regulations and to give actors incentives to avoid deforestation.

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  • Puppim de Oliveira, Jose Antonio, 2008. "Property rights, land conflicts and deforestation in the Eastern Amazon," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 10(5), pages 303-315, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:forpol:v:10:y:2008:i:5:p:303-315
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    1. Kröger, Markus, 2013. "Grievances, agency and the absence of conflict: The new Suzano pulp investment in the Eastern Amazon," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 33(C), pages 28-35.

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