Effects of wildlife resources on community welfare in Southern Africa
Herbert Ntuli () and
Edwin Muchapondwa ()
Ecological Economics, 2017, vol. 131, issue C, 572-583
This paper demonstrates the importance of wildlife in the portfolio of environmental income in the livelihoods of poor rural communities living adjacent to a national park. The results show that wealthier households use more wildlife resources in total than do relatively poor households. However, poorer households derive greater proportional benefit than wealthier households from the use of wildlife resources. Excluding wildlife understates the relative contribution of environmental resources while at the same time overstating the relative contribution of farm and wage income. Wildlife income alone accounts for about a 5.5% reduction in the proportion of people living below the poverty line. Furthermore, wildlife income has an equalizing effect, bringing about a 5.4% reduction in measured inequality. Regression analysis suggests that the likelihood of belonging to a wealthier category of income increases with an increase in environmental income. As expected, household wealth significantly and positively affects environmental income generated by households. This seems to suggest that wildlife-based land reform also needs to empower poor households in the area of capital accumulation while imposing restraints on the use of capital investments by well-off households to harvest wildlife.
Keywords: Wildlife; Environmental income; Poverty; Inequality; Zimbabwe (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 I32 I38 Q22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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