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Deforestation and Welfare: Evidence from Africa

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  • Asongu Simplice

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    (Yaoundé/Cameroun)

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This paper examines the effects of deforestation on the welfare of rural communities in the Congo Basin. Using moment conditions of agricultural and forest exploitations, findings indicate deforestation significantly improves welfare both at overall-rural and agricultural household per capita income levels. As a policy implication, in the process of forest exploitation a balanced approach is needed to take account of the interests of both rural communities, timber companies and international forest-sustainability standards. This should require among other things, the development and implementation of sustainable forest management plans by timber companies, exclusion from harvesting species that are important to local communities, compensation of timber companies for compliance with management plans as well as involvement of rural communities in monitoring the activities of timber companies.

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Paper provided by African Governance and Development Institute. in its series Working Papers with number 11/022.

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Length: 26
Date of creation: 22 Dec 2011
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Publication status: Forthcoming: International Journal of Green Economics
Handle: RePEc:agd:wpaper:11/022

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Keywords: Demography; Forestry; Agriculture; Welfare; Africa;

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  3. Asongu Simplice & Jingwa Brian, 2012. "The Role of Human Development on Deforestation in Africa: A Modelling-Based Approach," Working Papers 12/036, African Governance and Development Institute..
  4. Simplice A. Asongu & Brian A. Jingwa, 2012. "Population growth and forest sustainability in Africa," International Journal of Green Economics, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 6(2), pages 145-166.
  5. Simplice Asongu, 2013. "How Would Population Growth Affect Investment in the Future? Asymmetric Panel Causality Evidence for Africa," African Development Review, African Development Bank, vol. 25(1), pages 14-29.
  6. Asongu Simplice, 2011. "Law, finance, economic growth and welfare: why does legal origin matter?," Working Papers 11/007, African Governance and Development Institute..
  7. Beck, T.H.L. & Demirgüç-Kunt , A. & Levine, R., 2003. "Law and finance: Why does legal origin matter?," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-3125511, Tilburg University.
  8. Asongu Simplice, 2011. "Long-term effects of population growth on aggregate investment dynamics: selected country evidence for Africa," Working Papers 11/001, African Governance and Development Institute..
  9. Simplice A., Asongu, 2011. "Financial determinants of human development in developing countries," MPRA Paper 33949, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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