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Railroads in the Amazon: A Key Strategy for Reducing Deforestation

Virgilio Viana, Mariano Cenamo, Mariana Pavan, Gabriel Carrero, Matthew Quinlan


iverse Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest forest, spanning nine South American countries. The Amazon biome includes an area of more than 7 million km2, of which 69% (4.871.000 km2) is located in Brazil. The Legal Brazilian Amazon,1 which includes a larger area than the biome, as it includes a portion of the savannah biome, covers roughly half of the Brazilian territory. To date, 744.000 km2, or 18.6% of its original forested area, have been destroyed,2 of which 80% is located in the southern and eastern portions of the basin. This ar


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