Skip to main content

Policy Impacts on Deforestation: Lessons...

Policy Impacts on Deforestation: Lessons Learned from Past Experiences to Inform New Initiatives

Alexander Pfaff, Erin O. Sills, Gregory S. Amacher, Michael J. Coren, Kathleen Lawlor, Charlotte Streck Report from the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University (with the support of the Packard Foundation) National and international efforts within the last few decades to reduce forest loss, while having some impact, have failed to substantially slow […]

Global protected area impacts

Global protected area impacts

Lucas N. Joppa, Alexander Pfaff Proceedings of the Royal Society B 2010 doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.1713 Protected areas (PAs) dominate conservation efforts. They will probably play a role in future climate policies too, as global payments may reward local reductions of loss of natural land cover. We estimate the impact of PAs on natural land cover within each […]

Regional Interdependence and Forest “Tra

Regional Interdependence and Forest “Transitions”: substitute deforestation limits the relevance of local reversals

Alexander Pfaff, Robert Walker Land Use Policy 2010 27:119–129 Using case studies and concepts we suggest that constraints upon aggregate or global forest transition are significantly more severe than those upon local forest reversals. The basic reason is that one region’s reversal can be facilitated by other regions that supply resources and goods, reducing the […]

Indigenous Lands, Protected Areas, and S...

Indigenous Lands, Protected Areas, and Slowing Climate Change

Taylor H. Ricketts, Britaldo Soares-Filho, Gustavo A.B. da Fonseca, Daniel Nepstad, Alexander Pfaff, Annie Petsonk, Anthony Anderson, Doug Boucher, Andrea Cattaneo, Marc Conte, Ken Creighton, Lawrence Linden, Claudio Maretti, Paulo Moutinho, Roger Ullman, Ray Victurine PLoS Biol 2010 8(3): e1000331. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000331 Forest clearing and degradation account for roughly 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions, more […]

Reassessing the forest impacts of protec...

Reassessing the forest impacts of protection: The challenge of nonrandom location and a corrective method

Lucas Joppa, Alexander Pfaff Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 1185 (2010) 135–149 Protected areas are leading tools in efforts to slow global species loss and appear also to have a role in climate change policy. Understanding their impacts on deforestation informs environmental policies. We review several approaches to evaluating protection’s impact on deforestation, given three hurdles […]