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Land Cover Change in Mixed Agroforestry: Shade Coffee in El Salvador

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  • Blackman, Allen

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  • Ávalos-Sartorio, Beatriz
  • Chow, Jeffrey

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Little is known about land cover change in mixed agroforestry systems, which often supply valuable ecological services. We use a spatial regression model to analyze clearing in El Salvador’s shade coffee–growing regions during the 1990s. Our findings buttress previous research suggesting the relationship between proximity to cities and clearing in mixed agroforestry systems is the opposite of that in natural forests. But this result, and several others, depends critically on the characteristics of the growing area, particularly the dominant cleared land use. These findings imply that policies aimed at retaining mixed agroforestry need to be carefully targeted and tailored.

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Paper provided by Resources For the Future in its series Discussion Papers with number dp-08-25-efd.

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Keywords: agroforestry; shade coffee; land cover; El Salvador; spatial econometrics;

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