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Road Improvement and Deforestation in the Congo Basin Countries

LAND CLEARING ROAD NETWORKS DETERMINANTS BIRDS DRIVERS OF DEFORESTATION ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT TREE ROAD IMPROVEMENTS CARBON GLOBAL TROPICAL FORESTS DEFORESTATION RATES ANIMALS ELASTICITY CONSERVATION OF NATURE INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT TROPICAL FOREST AREAS CONSERVATION COMMUNITY FOREST AREAS INCENTIVES TRAVEL SPEED AMPHIBIANS TROPICAL FOREST CULTIVATED AREAS TOLL REDUCTION IN TRAVEL CARBON LOSS LAND TENURE ARTERIES BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING DRIVERS PLANT CONSERVATION PRIORITIES SATELLITE DATA ARMED CONFLICT PLANTS ROAD ABSOLUTE VALUE COSTS SPATIAL MODEL FOREST CLEARANCE CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT ROAD NETWORK TRANSPORT ESTIMATES OF BIODIVERSITY TROPICAL FOREST REGIONS BIODIVERSITY LAND USE CHANGE SPECIES ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT TROPICAL FORESTS ECOLOGICAL DAMAGE CULTURAL CHANGE ROAD IMPROVEMENT FOREST SPECIES REPTILES FOREST LOSS RURAL ROADS ROAD QUALITY ANIMAL SPECIES INFRASTRUCTURE LAND USE PLANT SPECIES FOREST CARBON LAND COVER CONSERVATION MANAGERS TROPICAL FOREST SPECIES DRIVING LEAD TRAVEL VEGETATION INSECTS HABITAT LOSS AGRICULTURAL INTENSIFICATION ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY POLICIES ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT FOREST COVER COMMUNITY OUTREACH EXTINCTION BRAZILIAN AMAZON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS LAND CONVERSION DEFORESTATION CLIMATE FORESTS URBAN AREAS ECOLOGICAL RISKS COLORS TROPICAL DEFORESTATION FOREST DEFORESTATION RATE ROAD PROJECTS ECOLOGICAL CONDITIONS FOREST CHANGE ISSUES ECOLOGICAL IMPACTS FOREST COVER CHANGE FOREST CONVERSION ADJACENT AREAS ROADS ENCROACHMENT CAR ROAD LINKS ROAD EXPANSION LAND LANDSCAPE-SCALE CONSERVATION RAINFORESTS FOREST CLEARING CRITICAL HABITAT CONSERVATION FATALITIES LESS RAIN ANIMAL MAMMALS INVESTMENTS ROAD CONSTRUCTION ROAD CONDITIONS TRANSPORT COSTS TRAVEL TIME BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION GLOBAL FOREST NATURAL COMMUNITIES BIODIVERSITY LOSS AMAZONIAN DEFORESTATION PRICES RAIN FOREST TIGERS BENEFITS SPATIAL MODELS
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa | Central Africa | Burundi | Cameroon | Central African Republic | Congo, Democratic Republic of | Congo, Republic of | Equatorial Guinea | Gabon | Rwanda
2015-06-02T21:11:00Z | 2015-06-02T21:11:00Z | 2015-05

Road construction has often been viewed as the precursor to deforestation, especially in tropical forests. Traditional responses to such threats have been reactive, with attempts to mitigate impacts through physical measures, or the establishment of protected areas. These approaches often have not been entirely successful, especially in areas where economic potential is significant. This paper seeks to mitigate such conflicts by proposing a proactive approach to development planning and environmental policy. It develops a high-resolution spatial model of road improvement impacts that includes ecological risks and the economics of forest clearing. The approach is implemented by estimating the potential impact of road upgrading on forest clearing and biodiversity in eight Congo Basin countries. The paper demonstrates how the detailed analysis can identify areas of high ecological priority as well as areas at high risk of forest loss. The paper contributes to several aspects of the literature. First, it provides the most recent and reliable estimates of the drivers of deforestation in the Congo Basin, with the latest high-resolution satellite data on forest cover changes. Second, it presents novel estimates of biodiversity threats by creating an index that combines and synthesizes several measures of biodiversity loss and impacts. It then develops an empirical framework for estimating the ecological impacts of road improvement. Finally, the paper illustrates how the empirical framework can be used to preempt impacts and avoid potential ecological damage.

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