Blue water turns black: economic impact of oil spill on Brazilian Northeast

Luiz Ribeiro

11/03/2020 – Quarta-feira
18:00 às 19:00
Sala: Auditório da BICEN


Since late August 2019, crude oil stains have appeared on the beaches of the Brazilian Northeast. Five months on, this could be considered the most severe environmental disaster of this type, with a scope of more than 3,000 km; 1,013 locations across 130 municipalities were directly affected by the accident. However, the economic impacts are still unknown. Here, we show that the coastal areas of Piauí, Rio Grande do Norte and Ceará were the worst affected in terms of gross domestic product and employment, assuming tourism and fishing to be directly affected economic activities. Our results can help plan better measures to mitigate the negative impacts of this kind of disaster and identify the most vulnerable areas for government and private assistance. Furthermore, our economic simulation model can be adapted to assess oil spill economic impacts in any country in the world.

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