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Forest dependence and participation in CPR management

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The authors develop an endogenous sample selection model to investigate how forest dependence influences a household's decision to participate in forest co-management program. Using data from Chimaliro and Liwonde forest reserves in Malawi, The authors find that where forests primarily have a gap filling or safety net role in Chimaliro, high forest dependency induces higher rates of participation. However, with more commercial forest uses and a more heterogeneous social context as in Liwonde, high forest dependency reduces the incentives for participation. The findings point to the need to design parallel interventions alongside the forest co-management program in order to provide supplementary income sources to participants and increase the incentives for participation.
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    Jumbe, C.B.L.; Angelsen, A.




    forest management, community involvement, participation, economic dependence, forests, incentives, income, common property resources, social participation, households, resource management



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