New Journal Paper on Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation

  • Mangrove at Pulau Dua Natural Reserve
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The paper "Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation: Leakage or Synergy?" written by Philippe Delacote and Arild Angelsen has been published in Land Economics.

New Journal Paper on Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation

The paper is published as a New Journal Paper and can be downloaded here.

Abstract of the paper
Policies to reduce deforestation and forest degradation focus on limiting agricultural expansion and nonsustainable (and often illegal) harvesting of forest products. The feedbacks between these two policy instruments are rarely discussed. A simple agricultural household model assesses the impact of a payment for environmental services on both deforestation and harvesting, and the impact of increasing the control on illegal harvesting on deforestation.

When land and labor are substitutes, both policies have positive feedbacks and win-win potential. Conversely, when production factors are complements, they have negative feedbacks. A novel result is that the production factors can become substitutes if distance costs are high, making a win-win situation more likely.

Published 30. September 2015 - 10:08 - Updated 28. November 2016 - 10:22