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Beyond zero deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon: Progress and remaining challenges to sustainable cattle intensification

Beyond zero deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon: Progress and remaining challenges to sustainable cattle intensification

Key messages

  • A governance approach, combining public policy and private initiatives was effective in slowing down deforestation, but was unable to support a transition to more sustainable production systems.
  • New technical intensification models must be identified for low-productivity systems in degraded lands, adapted to the biophysical and sociotechnical conditions of the Amazonian landscapes.
  • Multiple constraints inhibit progress toward sustainable intensification of cattle ranching, and reversing them requires that all such constraints be addressed in a coordinated way.
  • Designing options that work for all stakeholders, and monitoring and verifying progress of territories toward sustainability is essential to support current public policies and private initiatives.

Authors: Pacheco, P.; Piketty, M.G.; Poccard-Chapuis, R.; Garcia-Drigo, I.; El Husny, J.C.; Gomes, M.; Tourrand, J-F.

Topic: deforestation, cattle ranching, sustainability, landscape

Geographic: Brazil,Amazon

Series: CIFOR Infobrief no. 167

Pages: 6p

Publisher: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia

Publication Year: 2017

DOI: 10.17528/cifor/006394


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