Unintended Impacts from Forest Certification: Evidence from Indigenous Aka Households in Congo
No 1804, Working Papers from California Polytechnic State University, Department of Economics
Does Forest Stewardship Council certification of \responsible" commercial forestrychange nutrition, health and wealth for indigenous peoples, like the Aka of the Congo Basin? Using hand-collected data from the boundary of a certified and an uncertified forest in the Republic of Congo five years after certification, I compare nutrition, health, and wealth using questions that are locally salient and survey timing designed to reach semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers. Though I only observe outcomes after certification, I find suggestive evidence that forest certification may cause increased food insecurity and illness frequency for Aka households. I find no evidence of increased material wealth; instead, the poorest 15th percentile is poorer. Forest certification includes a bundle of activities, including participatory mapping, greater market integration and hunting restrictions, making it difficult to pinpoint the mechanisms driving these results.
Keywords: Forestry; eco-label; sustainability; indigenous peoples (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 O18 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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