Road impacts in Brazilian Amazonia

Journal Article

We examine the evidence on Amazonian road impacts with a strong emphasis on context. Impacts of a new road, on either deforestation or socioeconomic outcomes, depend upon the conditions into which roads are placed. Conditions that matter include the biophysical setting, such as slope, rainfall, and soil quality, plus externally determined socioeconomic factors like national policies, exchange rates, and the global prices of beef and soybeans. Influential conditions also include all prior infrastructural investments and clearing rates. Where development has already arrived, with significant economic activity and clearing, roads may decrease forest less and raise output more than where development is arriving, while in pristine areas, short-run clearing may be lower than immense long-run impacts. Such differences suggest careful consideration of where to invest further in transport. © Copyright 2009 by the American Geophysical Union.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pfaff, A; Barbieri, A; Ludewigs, T; Merry, F; Perz, S; Reis, E

Published Date

  • January 1, 2009

Published In

  • Geophysical Monograph Series

Volume / Issue

  • 186 /

Start / End Page

  • 101 - 116

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1029/2008GM000737

Citation Source

  • Scopus