Contested Groves: Forest Reserves and Land Conflict in the Eastern Amazon

Over the last thirty years, Amazonian deforestation has alarmed the world, and though many of the drivers of deforestation are well known, others are more novel. By combining accounts of conflict from the news media, remote sensing, and geographic information systems, I find that contentious social interaction through land conflict involves the forests of the Eastern Amazon, and involves forests as site and subject of conflict. The results of case studies and a regional deforestation analysis provide some implications for foreign investment to slow deforestation and also the ongoing deforestation monitoring program that Brazil has implemented over the past decade.