The new ‘sustainable communitarian’ logging schemes and their critique inside multiple-use conservation areas in the Brazilian Amazon: preliminary notes

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Deforestation has risen sharply in Brazil since 2012, and conservation areas are facing increased pressure. This article studies the rise of so-called sustainable', communitarian', and/or cooperative' logging schemes inside multiple-use conservation areas in the Amazon. The findings, based on fresh field research in Acre and Para, reveal conflicts, problems, and risks associated with logging schemes, although they are portrayed in the international timber trade as certified and socio-environmentally sustainable solutions that help conservation. However, the expansion of logging presents a danger for curtailing forest degradation, fires, and corruption that is linked to the fast returns from sale of timber, especially inside conservation areas that have been mostly intact until now. There is an urgent need to change the strategy of promoting logging as a key source of income for forest-dwellers, and a need to change the policies allowing the expansion of sustainable logging'.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)581-592
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 5203 Global Development Studies
  • Deforestation
  • the Amazon
  • multiple-use conservation areas
  • logging
  • sustainability
  • forestry

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