Deforestation ban working in Costa Rica
Forest protection efforts in northern Costa Rica have likely slowed mature forest loss. Conversion of primary rainforests for industrial agriculture in Costa Rica slows despite population increase and growing exports. Costa Rica's ban on clearing of "mature" forests appears to be effective in encouraging agricultural expansion on non-forest lands, finds a study published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The research, which was led by Matthew Fagan of Columbia University, is based on analysis of satellite data calibrated with visits to field sites in the lowlands of northern Costa Rica.