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.

Comments

  1. Patrick Meyfroidt says:

    Hi, it’s Patrick, the lead author of this study. I’m glad you liked it!, and hope it can be useful to some people.
    Thanks for the comments.

    • Román Carrasco says:

      Hi Patrick! Sorry this comment got into the spam folder. I need to learn to use the blog better. Yes, I like your line of research and will keep and eye for more papers. Hopefully meet you at some conference. Cheers. Roman

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