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What Factors Promote Peatland Fire Prevention? Evidence from Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

  • Yuki Yamamoto

    (Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University)

  • Kenji Takeuchi

    ()

    (Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University)

  • Gunnar Kohlin

    (Department of Economics, the University of Gothenburg)

This study investigates the factors that promote peatland fire prevention in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. We focus on Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership (KFCP) as one of the earliest pilot projects to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD). We estimate an agricultural labor allocation model by combining household survey data and satellite information. The results suggest that the impact of KFCP on household decision making concerning fire prevention at agricultural plots is statistically insignificant. This can be attributed to the fact that the KFCP has not changed the incentives for household fire prevention at individual plots. Economic factors such as the value of labor allocation for rubber production and exogenous income as well as non-economic factors such as traditional mutual assistance, called Goton-royong, are statistically significant. These results suggest that an appropriate design for intervention would be a combination of economic and non-economic incentives to achieve effective REDD policy.

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Paper provided by Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University in its series Discussion Papers with number 1312.

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Length: 34pages
Date of creation: Nov 2013
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Handle: RePEc:koe:wpaper:1312
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