Creating space for large‐scale restoration in tropical agricultural landscapes

Creating space for large‐scale restoration in tropical agricultural landscapes


The large-scale degradation and land-use conversion of ecosystems around the world has led to a global push to restore critical environments in order to preserve biodiversity and ecosystem services. One of the biggest challenges to these efforts though, is ensuring that preexisting land-uses are not simply displaced elsewhere. This article explores this problem, turning to the Brazilian Atlantic Forest as a case-study. The authors examine if restoration will lead to a discplacement of cattle production due to land-shortage. 

Conclusions & Takeways

The authors conclude that while discplacement is a possibility, the risk of it can be minimized through intentional efforts. Specifically, they suggest increasing productivity of cattle ranching, employing regional restorations plans, and prioritizing marginal lands for restoration. The article concludes stressing that a range of stakeholders, including farmers, agricultural institutions, and local and national authorities, will play crucial roles in the success of these integrated efforts and that more research is required to understand the relationship between large-scale land restoration and land-use. 


Latawiec AE, Strassburg BBN, Brancalion PHS, Rodrigues RR, Gardner T. Creating space for large-scale restoration in tropical agricultural landscapes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 2015;13:211–218. doi:10.1890/140052.


  • International Institute for Sustainability, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Department of Production Engineering and Logistics, Opole University of Technology, Opole, Poland
  • School of Environmental Science, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
  • Sustainability Lab, Department of Geography and the Environment, Pontificia Universidade Catolica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazi
  • Department of Forest Sciences, University of São Paulo, Piracicaba, Brazil
  • Department of Biology, University of São Paulo, Piracicaba, Brazil
  • Stockholm Environment Centre, Stockholm, Sweden