Protected areas are a cornerstone of forest conservation in developing countries. Yet we know little about their effects on forest cover change or the socioeconomic status of local communities, and even less about the relationship between these effects. This paper assesses whether “win-win” scenarios are possible—that is, whether protected areas can both stem forest cover change and alleviate poverty. We examine protected areas in the Peruvian Amazon using high-resolution satellite images and household-level survey data for the early 2000s. To control for protected areas’ nonrandom siting, we rely on quasi-experimental (matching) methods. We find that the average protected area reduces forest cover change. We do not find a robust negative effect on local communities. Protected areas that allow sustainable extractive activities are more effective in reducing forest cover change but less effective in delivering win-win outcomes.
Explainer — Feb 10, 2020
Forest Bioenergy 101: Generation and Emissions
Forest bioenergy has been heralded by some as a promising renewable energy source and condemned by others as having negative effects on the environment. Here's a review of the basics of forest bioenergy generation and emissions.
RFF Live — Feb 11, 2020
Forests and Climate Change Mitigation: The Role of Markets
An in-depth conversation on the important role forests—and the forest products sector—could play in climate change mitigation
Press Release — Jan 7, 2020
New Episode of Resources Radio: "Pricing Climate Risk in the Markets, with Robert Litterman"
Robert Litterman discusses his recent research related to carbon pricing and assesses the potentially weighty costs of climate change in financial markets.