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Socioeconomic development and forest fragmentation in the state of Mato Grosso, in the 1986-2000 period

Marcia Santiago Mello, UFF, santiagomello@yahoo.com.br (Presenting)
Simone Rodrigues Freitas, UFF, sfreitas@biologia.ufrj.br
Claudio Belmonte Bohrer, UFF, bohrer@vm.uff.br (Presenting)
Alex Pfaff, U.Columbia, ap196@columbia.edu
Eustáquio José Reis, IPEA, ejreis@ipea.gov.br
Robert Walker, U.Michigan, rwalker@msu.edu

The recent changes on the Brazilian Amazônia, a consequence of deforestation, increase the discussion and preoccupation of scientists, politicians and the society for the environmental issues. The different types of occupation intensities, land use and economic activities lead to distinct levels and patterns of forest fragmentation. The cleared areas have been converted into agricultural crops, pastures or simply abandoned after logging. Most studies on the problem emphasized the quantification of deforestation, without associate it to regional economic questions. Therefore, it is important to relate socioeconomic factors into the forest cover change analyses. These changes on landscapes are characteristic of the state of Mato Grosso, part of the so called ‘arc of deforestation’, where higher rate of clearing has occurred. The preliminary work aims to discuss the results and spatial pattern analyses, done by use of landscape metrics, and their possible relationships with socioeconomic factors during the 1986-2000 period. IBGE population and agricultural census data at municipal level and land cover spatial data from TRFIC-MSU (1986-1996) and PRODES-INPE (2000) were used. The identification of consistent relationships between the different factors could help the development of prediction models of the future impacts resulting from the regional development process.

Science Theme:  LC (Land Use and Land Cover Change)

Presentation Type:  Poster

Abstract ID: 87

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