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Population Growth and Forest Sustainability in Africa

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  • Asongu Simplice

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    (Yaoundé/Cameroun)

  • Jingwa Brian

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Recent distressing trends in climate change, population explosion and deforestation inspired this paper, which completes existing literature by providing empirical justification to hypothetical initiatives on the impact of population growth on forest sustainability in Africa. Using three instruments of forest exploitation, the study shows how rural, agricultural and national population growths affect forest-area and agricultural-land. In this particular study the findings indicate that instruments of forest exploitation do not explain changes in forest-area and agricultural-land beyond population growth mechanisms. Hence, population growth channels are a driving force by which forest-area and agricultural-land are depleted and expanded respectively. As a policy implication in the process of deforestation, a balanced approach is needed to take account of the interests of both; a green economy promoting sustainable development and the growing population needs.

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Paper provided by African Governance and Development Institute. in its series Working Papers with number 11/017.

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Length: 29
Date of creation: 04 Dec 2011
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Publication status: Published in International Journal of Green Economics
Handle: RePEc:agd:wpaper:11/017

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Keywords: Demography; Forestry; Agriculture; Environment; Africa;

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  1. Simplice Asongu, 2013. "How Would Population Growth Affect Investment in the Future? Asymmetric Panel Causality Evidence for Africa," African Development Review, African Development Bank, African Development Bank, vol. 25(1), pages 14-29.
  2. Asongu Simplice, 2011. "Law, finance, economic growth and welfare: why does legal origin matter?," Working Papers, African Governance and Development Institute. 11/007, African Governance and Development Institute..
  3. Simplice A, Asongu, 2011. "Long-term effects of population growth on aggregate investment dynamics: selected country evidence for Africa," MPRA Paper 30128, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Asongu Simplice, 2011. "Financial Determinants of Human Development in Developing Countries," Working Papers, African Governance and Development Institute. 11/012, African Governance and Development Institute..
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  1. Brian A., Jingwa & Simplice A., Asongu, 2012. "The Role of Human Development on Deforestation in Africa: A Modelling-Based Approach," MPRA Paper 35898, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Simplice A. Asongu, 2013. "Fighting Corruption when Existing Corruption-Control Levels Count: What do Wealth-Effects Tell us in Africa?," Institutions and Economies (formerly known as International Journal of Institutions and Economies), Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, vol. 5(3), pages 53-74, October.
  3. Asongu Simplice & Nguena Christian, 2014. "Equitable and Sustainable Development of Foreign Land Acquisitions: what have we learnt on policy syndromes and implications?," Working Papers, African Governance and Development Institute. 14/001, African Governance and Development Institute..
  4. A. Misra & Kusum Lata & J. Shukla, 2014. "Effects of population and population pressure on forest resources and their conservation: a modeling study," Environment, Development and Sustainability, Springer, Springer, vol. 16(2), pages 361-374, April.
  5. Simplice A, Asongu, 2011. "Deforestation and welfare : evidence from Africa," MPRA Paper 35161, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. Simplice A, Asongu, 2012. "Determinants of Health Professionals’ Migration in Africa," MPRA Paper 37632, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. Asongu Simplice, 2012. "Fighting corruption in Africa: do existing corruption-control levels matter?," Working Papers, African Governance and Development Institute. 12/012, African Governance and Development Institute..
  8. Asongu Simplice, 2012. "Fighting corruption when existing corruption-control levels count : what do wealth effects tell us?," Working Papers, African Governance and Development Institute. 12/013, African Governance and Development Institute..
  9. Asongu Simplice, 2011. "Long-term effects of population growth on aggregate investment dynamics: selected country evidence for Africa," Working Papers, African Governance and Development Institute. 11/001, African Governance and Development Institute..

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