Anthony Hall

Anthony Hall, professor of social policy at the London School of Economics, has more than three decades of experience working in Brazil and Amazonia.

Recent Articles

The Role of the Public Sector

Concerted governmental policies to protect the forest have been few and far between.

It is only within the last four decades that governments sharing the Amazon Basin have taken the region seriously. Ignored for centuries as a distant, exotic outpost, Amazonia is now called upon to serve a number of diverse and often contradictory development agendas. These range from economic growth and national integration to biodiversity conservation and the mitigation of global climate change. Settlement has invariably been accompanied by problems of deforestation, environmental destruction, and land-use conflict. These consequences have been most marked in Brazil, which occupies three-quarters of the Amazon Basin and has the longest history of occupation, but they are becoming increasingly apparent in Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela. Public policy makers thus face major challenges in attempting to protect Amazonia's fragile ecosystems from these pressures while meeting the livelihood needs of its 25 million-plus citizens. CONSERVING THE AMAZON Conservation of...