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Mapping Land Suitability to Guide Landscape Restoration in the Amazon

CIRAD, UMR SELMET, Paragominas 68627-451, Brazil
Institut Agro, Univ Montpellier, CIRAD, INRAE, 34000 Montpellier, France
INRAE, AGIR, Université de Toulouse, 31326 Castanet-Tolosan, France
UMR ESO, Le Mans Université, 72085 Le Mans, France
IX Consult, Itajubá 37501-052, Brazil
Farming Systems Ecology, Wageningen University & Research, 6700 HB Wageningen, The Netherlands
French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), Agroecology and Sustainable Intensification of Annual Crops (AIDA), University of Montpellier, 34000 Montpellier, France
NUMA, Universidade Federal do Pará, Belém 66075-110, Brazil
Equipe de Conservação da Amazônia (ECAM), Brasília 70070-934, Brazil
Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi (MPEG), Belém 66077-830, Brazil
EMBRAPA Amazônia Oriental, Paragominas 68627-451, Brazil
CDS, Universidade de Brasília, Brasília 70910-900, Brazil
Norte Brasil Consulting, Paragominas 68628-120, Brazil
CIRAD, UMR SENS, 34000 Montpellier, France
SENS, CIRAD, IRD, Univ Paul Valery Montpellier 3, Univ Montpellier, 34000 Montpellier, France
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Benjamin Burkhard
Land 2021, 10(4), 368;
Received: 21 February 2021 / Revised: 17 March 2021 / Accepted: 18 March 2021 / Published: 2 April 2021
Beyond reducing deforestation, the control of forest degradation, the promotion of forest restoration, and the improvement of agricultural practices in the Brazilian Amazon are becoming increasingly important for sustainable development. To enable farmers and authorities to organize their landscapes and optimize both agricultural practices and the provision of ecosystem services, mapping land suitability is essential, but it is lacking in the region. In this paper, we present a method for mapping land suitability at a fine scale (30-m pixels), adapted to the needs of farmers and municipalities, to not only optimize agricultural production but also the ecosystem services provided by forests. We used topographic data from the Brazilian municipality of Paragominas to produce four maps, one each of soil texture, slope, floodplains, and hydrography, that we then combined into a single land suitability map. This map has been incorporated into a spatial database, which also contains information on land use, remoteness, and land tenure. We performed spatial analyses to measure the process of land use change, and to define indicators that enable local stakeholders to organize landscape restoration. We highlight an organic link between agricultural intensification and forest restoration, and provide a spatial tool for landscape design, assessment, and monitoring. View Full-Text
Keywords: land suitability; landscape restoration; landscape design; amazon region; ecosystem services; land use policy land suitability; landscape restoration; landscape design; amazon region; ecosystem services; land use policy
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Poccard-Chapuis, R.; Plassin, S.; Osis, R.; Pinillos, D.; Martinez Pimentel, G.; Thalês, M.C.; Laurent, F.; de Oliveira Gomes, M.R.; Ferreira Darnet, L.A.; de Carvalho Peçanha, J.; Piketty, M.-G. Mapping Land Suitability to Guide Landscape Restoration in the Amazon. Land 2021, 10, 368.

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Poccard-Chapuis R, Plassin S, Osis R, Pinillos D, Martinez Pimentel G, Thalês MC, Laurent F, de Oliveira Gomes MR, Ferreira Darnet LA, de Carvalho Peçanha J, Piketty M-G. Mapping Land Suitability to Guide Landscape Restoration in the Amazon. Land. 2021; 10(4):368.

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Poccard-Chapuis, René, Sophie Plassin, Reinis Osis, Daniel Pinillos, Gustavo Martinez Pimentel, Marcelo C. Thalês, François Laurent, Mario R. de Oliveira Gomes, Laura A. Ferreira Darnet, Jaqueline de Carvalho Peçanha, and Marie-Gabrielle Piketty. 2021. "Mapping Land Suitability to Guide Landscape Restoration in the Amazon" Land 10, no. 4: 368.

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