Forest Dependence and Participation in CPR Management: Empirical Evidence from Forest Co-management in Malawi


A. Angelsen; C. Jumbe

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Scholarly Article


Ecological Economics

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Abstract: The authors develop an endogenous sample selection model to investigate how forest dependence influences a household’s decision to participate in forest co-management program. Using data from Chimaliro and Liwonde forest reserves in Malawi, The authors find that where forests primarily have a gap filling or safety net role in Chimaliro, high forest dependency induces higher rates of participation. However, with more commercial forest uses and a more heterogeneous social context as in Liwonde, high forest dependency reduces the incentives for participation. The findings point to the need to design parallel interventions alongside the forest co-management program in order to provide supplementary income sources to participants and increase the incentives for participation.

Additional Bibliographic Information

Jumbe, C.B.L., Angelsen, A. 2007. Forest dependence and participation in CPR management: empirical evidence from forest co-management in Malawi . Ecological Economics 62 :661u672. ISSN: 0921-8009.

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