Forest degradation in the Brazilian Amazon: public policy must target phenomenon related to deforestation

This Insight provides a brief introduction to the topic of tropical degradation, a summary of key results, and directions for future research and policy. The analysis reinforces the recent relevance of degradation in the Brazilian Amazon, and finds that there is a close relationship between degradation and deforestation. Results indicate that this relationship varies significantly across land tenure categories, stressing the need for tailoring conservation policy to address different tenure-based governance structures.