publication . Article . 2008

Coca and Colonists: Quantifying and Explaining Forest Clearance under Coca and Anti-Narcotics Policy Regimes

Andrew Bradley; Millington, A. C.;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jun 2008
The impacts of coca cultivation and coca eradication on rates of humid tropical forest clearance were examined in the agricultural colonization zone of Chapare, Bolivia. Using satellite image-derived land-use maps, interviews with farmers, and analyses of economic data and policy documents, forest clearance rates were analyzed in three contrasting communities from 1963 to 2003. Deforestation rates were very low from the late 1970s to the early 1990s when coca cultivation was widespread and anti-coca policies were weakly enforced. Before and after this period, deforestation rates were significantly higher. This study provides the first detailed quantitative analy...
free text keywords: anti-narcotics policies, Bolivia, coca, deforestation, forest clearance rates, land-use change, Biology (General), QH301-705.5, Ecology, QH540-549.5
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