Ideas to Action:

Independent research for global prosperity

Video | REDD+ Learning Session 25: What Drives Deforestation and What Stops It


In this webinar hosted by the World Wildlife Fund, CGD research fellow Jonah Busch discusses a recent publication, ‘What Drives Deforestation and What Stops It? A Meta-Analysis of Spatially Explicit Econometric Studies,’ co-authored with Kalifi Ferretti-Gallon. While some findings from the research confirm conventional wisdom, for example, that building roads worsens deforestation, the analysis also shows that contrary to popular belief, factors such as poverty, rising incomes from economic development, and strengthening land tenure, do not necessarily have the expected impacts on deforestation. Jonah discusses how these findings have important implications for REDD+ and how deliberate policies coupled with financial incentives can slow, halt, and eventually reverse the loss of the world’s remaining tropical forests. A Q+A session follows the presentation.