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Tradeoffs between Rural Development Policies and Forest Protection: Spatially Explicit Modeling in the Central Highlands of Vietnam

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  • Daniel Müller
  • Darla K. Munroe

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Alleviating rural poverty remains an important objective of development policy in many areas of the world. Traditional means of increasing rural livelihoods such as increased investments in agricultural intensification measures can have disastrous impacts on natural resources such as forests, by greatly increasing incentives for clearing. We use a spatially explicit model of land use in the Dak Lak province in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Land use is modeled using a reduced-form multinomial logit model. Policy simulations demonstrate that the adoption of yieldincreasing inputs requires concomitant forest protection policies, both in terms of forest area and of spatial configuration.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

Volume (Year): 81 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
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Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:81:y:2005:i:3:p412-425

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  1. Blackman, Allen, 2013. "Evaluating forest conservation policies in developing countries using remote sensing data: An introduction and practical guide," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 1-16.
  2. Allen Blackman, 2012. "Ex-post Evaluation of Forest Conservation Policies Using Remote Sensing Data: An Introduction and Practical Guide," SPD Working Papers 1201, Inter-American Development Bank, Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness (SPD).

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