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Protecting Forests Through Farming. A Dynamic Model of Nontimber Forest Extraction

Herath Gunatileke and Ujjayant Chakravorty ()

Environmental & Resource Economics, 2003, vol. 24, issue 1, 26 pages

Abstract: Forest resource extraction by local communities has been cited as a major impediment to the efficient management of protected forests. This paper develops a two sector dynamic model for farming and forest resource extraction by communities living in the forest periphery. The model assumes that land under forestry is constant and households allocate their time to farming and forestry. Comparative dynamic results suggest that higher prices for agriculture output, lower input prices, better knowledge of farming techniques and a lower discount rate may result in a higher equilibrium stock of forest resources. Tobit analysis with primary data collected from the Sinharaja forest in Sri Lanka provides supportive empirical evidence. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Keywords: comparative dynamics; forest protection; nontimber forest products; Sri Lanka; tobit analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003
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DOI: 10.1023/A:1022807129996

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