, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 298–309 | Cite as

Implications of Rural–Urban Migration for Conservation of the Atlantic Forest and Urban Growth in Misiones, Argentina (1970–2030)

  • Andrea E. Izquierdo
  • Héctor R. Grau
  • T. Mitchell Aide
Review Paper


Global trends of increasing rural–urban migration and population urbanization could provide opportunities for nature conservation, particularly in regions where deforestation is driven by subsistence agriculture. We analyzed the role of rural population as a driver of deforestation and its contribution to urban population growth from 1970 to the present in the Atlantic Forest of Argentina, a global conservation priority. We created future land-use-cover scenarios based on human demographic parameters and the relationship between rural population and land-cover change between 1970 and 2006. In 2006, native forest covered 50% of the province, but by 2030 all scenarios predicted a decrease that ranged from 18 to 39% forest cover. Between 1970 and 2001, rural migrants represented 20% of urban population growth and are expected to represent less than 10% by 2030. This modeling approach shows how rural–urban migration and land-use planning can favor nature conservation with little impact on urban areas.


Globalization Human demography Deforestation Landscape planning Subtropical Argentina STELLA 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea E. Izquierdo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Héctor R. Grau
    • 1
  • T. Mitchell Aide
    • 3
  1. 1.CONICET; Instituto de Ecología Regional (IER), Universidad Nacional de TucumánTucumanArgentina
  2. 2.Centro de Investigaciones del Bosque Atlántico (CeIBA)Puerto IguazúArgentina
  3. 3.University of Puerto RicoPuerto RicoArgentina

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