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Impacts of Community Forest Management on Human Economic Well-Being across Madagascar

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Rasolofoson, RA; Ferraro, PJ; Ruta, G; Rasamoelina, MS; Randriankolona, PL; Larsen, HO; Jones, JPG
Published in: Conservation Letters
May 1, 2017

Community Forest Management (CFM) devolves forest management to local communities to achieve conservation and human well-being goals. Yet, the evidence for CFM's impacts is mixed and difficult to interpret because of inadequate attention to rival explanations for the observed empirical patterns. In a national-scale analysis in Madagascar that carefully considers these rival explanations, we estimate CFM impacts on household living standards, as measured by per capita consumption expenditures. The estimated impact is positive, but small and not statistically different from zero. However, we can statistically reject substantial negative impacts (which others have suggested may exist). The estimated impacts vary conditional on household education and proximity to forests: they are more positive and statistically significant for households closer to forest and with more education. To help improve CFM design, scholars and practitioners should anticipate heterogeneity in CFM impacts and work to better characterize them, theoretically and empirically.

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Conservation Letters

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EISSN

1755-263X

Publication Date

May 1, 2017

Volume

10

Issue

3

Start / End Page

346 / 353

Related Subject Headings

  • Ecology
 

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Rasolofoson, R. A., Ferraro, P. J., Ruta, G., Rasamoelina, M. S., Randriankolona, P. L., Larsen, H. O., & Jones, J. P. G. (2017). Impacts of Community Forest Management on Human Economic Well-Being across Madagascar. Conservation Letters, 10(3), 346–353. https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12272
Rasolofoson, R. A., P. J. Ferraro, G. Ruta, M. S. Rasamoelina, P. L. Randriankolona, H. O. Larsen, and J. P. G. Jones. “Impacts of Community Forest Management on Human Economic Well-Being across Madagascar.” Conservation Letters 10, no. 3 (May 1, 2017): 346–53. https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12272.
Rasolofoson RA, Ferraro PJ, Ruta G, Rasamoelina MS, Randriankolona PL, Larsen HO, et al. Impacts of Community Forest Management on Human Economic Well-Being across Madagascar. Conservation Letters. 2017 May 1;10(3):346–53.
Rasolofoson, R. A., et al. “Impacts of Community Forest Management on Human Economic Well-Being across Madagascar.” Conservation Letters, vol. 10, no. 3, May 2017, pp. 346–53. Scopus, doi:10.1111/conl.12272.
Rasolofoson RA, Ferraro PJ, Ruta G, Rasamoelina MS, Randriankolona PL, Larsen HO, Jones JPG. Impacts of Community Forest Management on Human Economic Well-Being across Madagascar. Conservation Letters. 2017 May 1;10(3):346–353.
Journal cover image

Published In

Conservation Letters

DOI

EISSN

1755-263X

Publication Date

May 1, 2017

Volume

10

Issue

3

Start / End Page

346 / 353

Related Subject Headings

  • Ecology