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Collective action for forest conservation: Does heterogeneity matter?

E. Somanathan, R. Prabhakar () and B.S. Mehta ()
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R. Prabhakar: Strand Genomics
B.S. Mehta: Foundation for Ecological Security

Discussion Papers from Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi

Abstract: Community management of forests by Van Panchayats (forest councils) to meet local needs has a long history in the Indian Central Himalayas. This essay examines the effects of village-level heterogeneity in caste and land ownership, and of female membership in the Panchayats on collective action for forest conservation. There is no evidence that caste heterogeneity or female membership of the Panchayat have any effect. There is some evidence that greater equality in land ownership may enhance collective action and forest conservation in pine forests but not broadleaved forests. This is puzzling since villagers' interest in conservation is greater in broadleaved than in pine forests.

JEL-codes: O13 Q2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 14 pages
Date: 2002-05
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