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Floodplain agriculture can prevent the disturbance of rainforests in Amazonia

As the pressure on Amazonian forests builds, the search for more sustainable agricultural development pathways has intensified. Access to floodplain soils can reduce pressure on upland forests and prevent them being cleared for agriculture. Floodplain farming can be a solution to enable both sustainable agriculture and forest conservation.

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Fig. 1: The method for determining the footprint in the forests around an Amazonian riverine community.


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This is a summary of: Coomes, O. T. et al. Sparing of Amazonian old-growth forests with floodplain access. Nat. Sustain. (2022).

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Floodplain agriculture can prevent the disturbance of rainforests in Amazonia. Nat Sustain 5, 922–923 (2022).

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