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The Amazon Forest Preservation by Clarifying Property Rights and Potential Conflicts: How Experiments Using Fit-for-Purpose Can Help

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Kadaster International Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency (Kadaster), P.O. Box 9046, 7300 GH Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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Institute of Economics, State University of Campinas, Campinas 13083-857, Brazil
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Academic Editors: Stig Enemark, Robin McLaren and Christiaan Lemmen
Land 2021, 10(2), 225; https://doi.org/10.3390/land10020225
Received: 28 December 2020 / Revised: 17 February 2021 / Accepted: 19 February 2021 / Published: 23 February 2021
The burning and the deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon forest, which has been recently highlighted by the international press and occurs mostly on public or undesignated land, calls for an in-depth examination. This has traditionally been the main way to grab land, speculate, and simultaneously prove ownership by its occupation. The absence of mapping, registration, and an effective regulation of land property in Brazil, particularly in the Amazon, plays an important role in its deforestation. Recent estimations, besides others, show that the amount of land in this condition is around 200 million ha, near enough ¼ of the national surface. This article, besides examining the Brazilian deforestation characteristics, provides evidence that clear landholders’ rights diminishes deforestation, and that proposals based on concrete cases of participatory clarification of land rights in forest regions using fit for purpose (FfP) methodology promote forest preservation. The article finishes with an example of a land rights clarifying case from small, medium, large, and traditional population landholders. The case is important to illustrate that it is possible to clarify land rights in a FfP way and how that increases the security of landholders, diminishing the pressure on the land and thus reducing the potential deforestation. View Full-Text
Keywords: Amazon; deforestation; Fit-For-Purpose land administration; participatory mapping Amazon; deforestation; Fit-For-Purpose land administration; participatory mapping
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Reydon, B.; Molendijk, M.; Porras, N.; Siqueira, G. The Amazon Forest Preservation by Clarifying Property Rights and Potential Conflicts: How Experiments Using Fit-for-Purpose Can Help. Land 2021, 10, 225. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10020225

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Reydon B, Molendijk M, Porras N, Siqueira G. The Amazon Forest Preservation by Clarifying Property Rights and Potential Conflicts: How Experiments Using Fit-for-Purpose Can Help. Land. 2021; 10(2):225. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10020225

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Reydon, Bastiaan, Mathilde Molendijk, Nicolas Porras, and Gabriel Siqueira. 2021. "The Amazon Forest Preservation by Clarifying Property Rights and Potential Conflicts: How Experiments Using Fit-for-Purpose Can Help" Land 10, no. 2: 225. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10020225

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