Forest Conservation and Biodiversity

Deforestation is the greatest driver of biodiversity loss in the tropics. GLUE researchers have a long history of tracking risks for forests and biodiversity and working to leverage this information to inform decision-making by companies, environmental groups, and governments. We have identified cattle production within protected areas across Brazil and tracked the supply chain links to help companies and policymakers reduce this risk. We have also worked to track all agricultural expansion across the tropics, and to map the congruence between biodiversity and carbon stocks to help inform policy. We have a new project to focus on high biodiversity regions and leverage public and supply chain governance to strengthen protection in these exceptionally important parts of the Amazon in Peru, Brazil and Colombia.

West, T.A.P, L. Rausch, J. Munger, H. K. Gibbs. Cattle produced in Brazil’s protected areas linked to slaughterhouses with zero-deforestation commitments. Conservation Letters (resubmitted).
Gibbs, H. K., A. S. Ruesch, J. A. Foley, N. Ramankutty, F. Achard, and P. Holmgren. 2010. “Tropical forests were the primary land source for new agricultural lands in the 1980s and 1990s.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 107(38) 16732-16737 [Abstract] [Link]
Scharlemann, J. P., V. Kapos, A. Campbell, I. Lysenko, N. D. Burgess, M. C. Hansen, H. K. Gibbs, B. Dickson, and L. Miles. “Securing Tropical Forest Carbon: the Contribution of Protected Areas to REDD.” Oryx 44(3): 352-357 [Abstract] [Link]
Strassburg, B., A. Balmford, J. Price, R. Davies, H. K. Gibbs, D. Orme, L. Miles, and A. Kelly. 2010. “Global Congruence of Carbon Storage and Biodiversity in Terrestrial Ecosystems.” Conservation Letters 3(2): 98-105 [Abstract] [Link]
Rajão, R., B. Soares-Filho, F. Nunes, J. Börner., L. Machado, D. Assis, A. Oliveira, L. Pinto, V. Ribeiro, L. Rausch, H.K. Gibbs, and D.Figueira. 2020. “The rotten apples of Brazil’s agribusiness.” Science vol. 369, Issue 6501, pp. 246-248. [Link]
Skidmore, M., F. Moffette, L.L. Rausch, M. Christie, J. Munger, and H.K. Gibbs. 2021. “Cattle Ranchers and Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon: Production, Location, and Policies.” Global Environmental Change. [Link]
Gibbs, H. K. 2012. “Trading forests for oil yields in the Peruvian Amazon.” Environmental Research Letters 7(1): 011007 Invited Perspective. [Abstract] [Link]
Meyfroidt, P., K. Carlson, M. Fagan, V, Gutierrez-Velez, M. Macedo, L. Curran, R. DeFries, G. Dyer, H. K. Gibbs, E. Lambin, D. Morton, and V. Robiglio. 2014. “Multiple Pathways of Expansion of Commodity Crops in Tropical Forest Landscapes.” Environmental Research Letters 9(7): 074012 [Abstract] [Link]