Published: Jan. 26, 2023
Rayna Benzeev

Recent ENVS PhD graduate, Rayna Benzeev, and ENVS Professor, Peter Newton, published a landmark study in the journal PNAS Nexus today titled, "Formalizing tenure of Indigenous lands improved forest outcomes in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil." The research, which is part of Dr. Benzeev's doctoral work in ENVS shows that granting legal land tenure to indigenous tribes not only reduces deforestation, but aids in reforestation.

The study, which examined tribes and forest loss in the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil can have potentially large implications with the shifting political situation in Brazil and governance of the Amazon Forest, which has seen huge losses over the last several years.

Links to CU Boulder Today article on the piece, PNAS Nexus article, and additional news.