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Election cycles affect deforestation within Brazil's Atlantic Forest

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Ruggiero, Patricia G. C. [1] ; Pfaff, Alexander [2] ; Nichols, Elizabeth [1] ; Rosa, Marcos [3] ; Metzger, Jean Paul [1]
Total Authors: 5
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Dept Ecol, Rua Matao 321, Travessa 14, BR-05508090 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[2] Duke Univ, Sanford Sch Publ Policy, Durham, NC - USA
[3] Univ Sao Paulo, Dept Geog, Sao Paulo - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: CONSERVATION LETTERS; v. 14, n. 5 SEP 2021.
Web of Science Citations: 1

Policymakers' incentives during election campaigns can lead to decisions that significantly affect deforestation. Yet this is rarely studied. For Brazil's Atlantic Forest, a highly biodiverse tropical forest, we link federal-and-state as well as municipal elections to annual deforestation between 1991 and 2014. Across 2253 municipalities, those with higher deforestation see a significant rise in deforestation during federal-and-state election years. Municipal election years raise deforestation for locations with lower deforestation, whereas all of these increases are accentuated when there is party alignment between different levels of government. This effect of election cycles has fallen over time, to date, yet that cannot be assumed to continue. Our results highlight the need to limit opportunistic behaviors that affect natural resources and the environment with implications for biodiversity, carbon storage, and other ecosystem services. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 17/20245-9 - The impact of the Ecological Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfer (Ecological ICMS) on the expansion of protected areas and forest regeneration in Brazil
Grantee:Patricia Guidão Cruz Ruggiero
Support Opportunities: Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 15/16587-6 - Effectiveness of payment for environmental services mechanism
Grantee:Patricia Guidão Cruz Ruggiero
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 14/11676-8 - Quantifying the mechanistic basis for disease-regulation ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes
Grantee:Elizabeth Stevens Nichols
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
FAPESP's process: 13/23457-6 - Interface project: relationships among landscape structure, ecological processes, biodiversity and ecosystem services
Grantee:Jean Paul Walter Metzger
Support Opportunities: BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Thematic Grants