My favourity article of the week is… “Trajectories of deforestation, coffee expansion and displacement of shifting cultivation in the Central Highlands of Vietnam”

Patrick Meyfroidt, Tan Phuong Vu, Viet Anh Hoang (2013) Trajectories of deforestation, coffee expansion and displacement of shifting cultivation in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Global Environmental Change. Article in press.

 

I especially enjoyed reading the article by Meyfroidt et al. I found very interesting the link of remote sensing and subsequent deforestation logistic models with the socio-economic interpretations of deforestation trajectories. Although hypothesis for these trajectories are common through social interviews and fieldwork, remote sense evidence of this processes is rare.

Interestingly, policies aiming at establishing permanent crops — in this case cash crops such as coffee – to avoid deforestation, produce a displacement of lower income social groups responsible of shifting agricultural practices. This displacement has the indirect effect of further deforestation at the forest frontier. The take home messages are the unexpected negative results of policies aimed at land sparing for forests and the necessity to assist those social groups vulnerable to such policies.

Overall a very interesting paper.

My favourite paper of the week is… (section starts)

During the week I try to keep up with the new publications. I tend to find a few gem articles that I read avidly. I thought this could be a good venue to share those articles that struck me for their originality. I will try to keep this section weekly but can’t promise it will happen super regularly.

The articles I am likely to refer to will range from conservation, ecological economics and public health.