Articles | Volume 20, issue 3
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 797–813, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-20-797-2020

Special issue: Remote sensing, modelling-based hazard and risk assessment,...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 797–813, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-20-797-2020

Research article 24 Mar 2020

Research article | 24 Mar 2020

Examining the sustainability and development challenge in agricultural-forest frontiers of the Amazon Basin through the eyes of locals

Irene Blanco-Gutiérrez et al.

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The Amazon rainforest is being destroyed, resulting in negative ecological and social impacts. We explore how stakeholders perceive the causes of the Amazon's degradation in Bolivia and Brazil and develop a series of scenarios to help strengthen the balance between human development and environmental conservation. The results suggest that the application of governance and well-integrated technical and social reform strategies encourages positive regional changes even under climate change.
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