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Does better common property forest management promote behavioral change? On-farm tree planting in the Bolivian Andes

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  • BLUFFSTONE, RANDALL
  • BOSCOLO, MARCO
  • MOLINA, RAMIRO

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This paper analyzes behavioral change spurred by better common property forest management (CPFM), with a focus on on-farm tree planting. Results from our theoretical household model suggest that on-farm trees, which provide products that can substitute for those from common forests, should be stimulated by better CPFM systems. We test this finding using data from a household survey conducted in the Bolivian Andes in 2000. We find that better CPFM at its highest level of aggregation is positively correlated with more and higher quality on-farm trees. In terms of less aggregated indices, relatively few variables are significant, though two particularly important aspects of forest property rights – access clarity and the existence of formal penalties for overuse – actually reduce on-farm tree planting. We therefore conclude that in general synergies between individual CPFM components are most critical for behavioral change, but improvement of property rights aspects of CPFM may give counter-intuitive results.

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Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal Environment and Development Economics.

Volume (Year): 13 (2008)
Issue (Month): 02 (April)
Pages: 137-170

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Handle: RePEc:cup:endeec:v:13:y:2008:i:02:p:137-170_00

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  1. Mekonnen, Alemu & Bluffstone, Ramdall, 2008. "Is There a Link between Common Property Forest Management and Private Tree Growing? Evidence of Behavioral Effects from Highland Ethiopia," Discussion Papers, Resources For the Future dp-08-29-efd, Resources For the Future.
  2. Gebreegziabher, Zenebe & van Kooten, G. Cornelis, 2013. "Does community and household tree planting imply increased use of wood for fuel? Evidence from Ethiopia," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 30-40.
  3. Beyene, Abebe D. & Bluffstone, Randall & Mekonnen, Alemu, 2013. "Community Controlled Forests, Carbon Sequestration and REDD+: Some Evidence from Ethiopia," Discussion Papers, Resources For the Future dp-13-07-efd, Resources For the Future.
  4. Beyene, Abebe D. & Koch, Steven F., 2013. "Property rights, institutions and choice of fuelwood source in rural Ethiopia," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 30(C), pages 30-38.
  5. Bluffstone, Randy & Robinson, Elizabeth & Guthiga, Paul, 2012. "Deforestation and forest degradation are estimated to account for between 12 percent and 20 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions. These activities, largely in the developing world, released abou," Discussion Papers, Resources For the Future dp-12-11-efd, Resources For the Future.
  6. Dambala Gelo & Steven F. Koch, 2012. "Welfare and Common Property Rights Forestry: Evidence from Ethiopian Villages," Working Papers 277, Economic Research Southern Africa.
  7. Dambala Gelo & Steven F. Koch, 2011. "The Welfare Effect of Common Property Forestry Rights:Evidence from Ethiopian Villages," Working Papers 201123, University of Pretoria, Department of Economics.
  8. Mekonnen, Alemu & Damte, Abebe, 2011. "Private Trees as Household Assets and Determinants of Tree-Growing Behavior in Rural Ethiopia," Discussion Papers, Resources For the Future dp-11-14-efd, Resources For the Future.

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