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Regional Socioeconomic Changes Affecting Rural Area Livelihoods and Atlantic Forest Transitions

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Author(s):
da Silva, Ramon F. B. [1] ; Batistella, Mateus [1, 2] ; Moran, Emilio F. [3]
Total Authors: 3
Affiliation:
[1] Univ Estadual Campinas, Ctr Environm Studies & Res, BR-13083867 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[2] EMBRAPA, Brazilian Agr Res Corp, BR-13083886 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[3] Michigan State Univ, Ctr Global Change & Earth Observat, E Lansing, MI 48823 - USA
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: LAND; v. 7, n. 4 DEC 2018.
Web of Science Citations: 0
Abstract

Centuries of colonization of the Atlantic Forest biome in Brazil have led its native vegetation cover to be reduced to only 11.7%. On the other hand, regional land changes have fostered natural forest regeneration, since the 1960s, in the region of Paraiba Valley. A fieldwork survey in rural properties was conducted in three municipalities (n = 90, thirty in each municipality), to assess how forest transition is affected by the region's socioeconomic development and biophysical dimensions of the landscape. To select the municipalities among thirty-four, we applied the modified Thompson Tau technique to detect outlier values for three selected variables: Natural forest cover, eucalyptus plantation cover, and municipal revenue. The outliers were dropped from consideration and the municipality with the maximum value for each variable was selected. Based on the survey and GIS analysis using land-cover maps, topography, and hydrology variables, we concluded that the diminished land-use pressure in the Paraiba Valley, a response to the regional economic development (e.g., increasing labor demand in urban areas pushing rural migration), resulted in the increase of the Atlantic forest cover. Interestingly enough, a counter-migration of people moving to rural areas as a newly valued amenity has the potential to reshape the rural landscape with positive outcomes to the Atlantic forest cover. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/09243-3 - Planted forests and Atlantic Forest: analysis of land use and land cover and their environmental, political, and socioeconomic connections
Grantee:Ramon Felipe Bicudo da Silva
Support type: Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 11/13568-0 - PLANTED FORESTS AND ATLANTIC FOREST: ANALYSIS OF LAND USE AND LAND COVER AND THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL, POLITICAL, AND SOCIOECONOMIC CONNECTIONS
Grantee:Ramon Felipe Bicudo da Silva
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate