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The user structure in Brazil's tropical rain forest


  • May, Peter Herman
  • Reis, Eustáquio J.


This paper presents quantitative evidence on the relationship between forest conversion and the productivity of agropastoral activities in the Legal Amazon. The extraction of timber products such as wood, fuelwood and charcoal is related to the process of agropastoral expansion in this region with the aim of providing physical coefficients to define intersectoral connections in Brazil's economy. The paper is organized as follows. Section I makes a geographical characterization of the original vegetation types of the region according to its principal geopolitical subdivisions. Section II presents evidence on deforestation rates and gross areas affected. Section III describes the principal sources of deforestation. Section IV describes sectoral activities and land occupation patterns distinguishing between forested and non-forested areas. Section V analyses major determinants of productivity in agropastoral activities following this broad vegetation distinction. Section VI provides gross estimates of wood removal associated with agropastoral expansion, and compares this with wood and fuel production figures. Conclusions are presented in Section VII.

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  • May, Peter Herman & Reis, Eustáquio J., 1993. "The user structure in Brazil's tropical rain forest," Kiel Working Papers 565, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:ifwkwp:565

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    1. Hecht, Susanna B., 1985. "Environment, development and politics: Capital accumulation and the livestock sector in Eastern Amazonia," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 13(6), pages 663-684, June.
    2. Serôa da Motta, Ronaldo, 1993. "Past and current policy issues concerning tropical deforestation in Brazil," Kiel Working Papers 566, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
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    1. Wiebelt, Manfred, 1994. "Protecting Brazil's tropical forest: a CGE analysis of macroeconomic, sectoral, and regional policies," Kiel Working Papers 638, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
    2. Manfred Wiebelt, 1995. "Stopping deforestation in the Amazon: Trade-off between ecological and economic targets?," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer;Institut für Weltwirtschaft (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), vol. 131(3), pages 542-568, September.
    3. Serôa da Motta, Ronaldo, 1993. "Past and current policy issues concerning tropical deforestation in Brazil," Kiel Working Papers 566, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).

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