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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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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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