Effectiveness of Community Forest Management at reducing deforestation in Madagascar

Rasolofoson, R.A. and Ferraro, P.J. and Jenkins, C.N. and Jones, J.P.G. (2015) Effectiveness of Community Forest Management at reducing deforestation in Madagascar. Biological Conservation, 184. pp. 251-277. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.01.027

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Community Forest Management (CFM) is a widespread conservation approach in the tropics. It is also promoted as a means by which payment for ecosystem services schemes can be implemented. However, evidence on its performance is weak. We investigated the effectiveness of CFM at reducing deforestation from 2000 to 2010 in Madagascar. To control for factors confounding impact estimates, we used statistical matching. We also contrasted the effects of CFM by whether commercial use of forest resources is allowed or not. We cannot detect an effect, on average, of CFM compared to no CFM, even when we restricted the sample to only where information suggests effective CFM implementation on the ground. Likewise, we cannot detect an effect of CFM where commercial use of natural resources is allowed

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Natural Sciences > School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2015 03:29
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2015 02:20
ISSN: 0006-3207
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/3455
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.01.027
Publisher: Elsevier
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