Forest Clearing in the Pantropics: December 2005 - August 2011

Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 283

25 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2012  

David Wheeler

Center for Global Development

Robin Kraft

Center for Global Development

Dan Hammer

Center for Global Development

Date Written: December 28, 2011

Abstract

This report summarizes recent trends in large-scale tropical forest clearing identified by FORMA (Forest Monitoring for Action). Our analysis includes 27 countries that accounted for 94 percent of clearing during the period 2000-2005. We highlight countries with relatively large changes since 2005, both declines and increases. FORMA produces indicators that track monthly changes in the number of 1-sq.-km. tropical forest parcels that have experienced clearing with high probability. This report and the accompanying spreadsheet databases provide monthly estimates for 27 countries, 280 primary administrative units, and 2,907 secondary administrative units. Countries’ divergent experiences since 2005 have significantly altered their shares of global clearing in some cases. Brazil’s global share fell by 11.2 percentage points from December 2005 to August 2011, while the combined share of Malaysia, Indonesia, and Myanmar increased by 10.8. The diverse patterns revealed by FORMA’s first global survey caution against facile generalizations about forest clearing in the pantropics. During the past five years, the relative scale and pace of clearing have changed across regions, within regions, and within countries. Although the overall trend seems hopeful, it remains to be seen whether the decline in forest clearing will persist as the global economy recovers.

Suggested Citation

Wheeler, David and Kraft, Robin and Hammer, Dan, Forest Clearing in the Pantropics: December 2005 - August 2011 (December 28, 2011). Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 283. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2009353 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2009353

David Wheeler (Contact Author)

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Robin Kraft

Center for Global Development ( email )

2055 L St. NW
5th floor
Washington, DC 20036
United States

Dan Hammer

Center for Global Development ( email )

2055 L St. NW
5th floor
Washington, DC 20036
United States

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