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Valuing Protection of Tropical Rainforests Against Logging and Poaching: Evidence from Choice Experiments in Malaysia

Joint Bank-Fund Brown-Bag Research Seminars on Environment and Energy:


Valuing Protection of Tropical Rainforests Against Logging and Poaching: Evidence from Choice Experiments in Malaysia

Presented by Jeffrey Vincent, Duke University

 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 12.30 - 2:00 pm
Venue: MC9-100

Abstract
This study estimates the value, to the Malaysian public, of protecting the largest remaining tract of unprotected virgin forest in Peninsular Malaysia, the Belum-Temengor forest.  Biodiversity in Belum-Temengor faces two primary threats, poaching and logging.  Data for valuing reductions in these threats were obtained by surveying nearly 1,300 Malaysia households.  Respondents were presented with choice experiments in which four attributes of prospective forest management plans were varied: area protected against logging, area protected against poaching, job creation, and cost.  Results indicate that the benefits of protecting Belum-Temengor against both logging and poaching exceed the costs by a large margin.

Bio, Jeff Vincent
Jeffrey R. Vincent is the Clarence F. Korstian Professor of Forest Economics and Management in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.  His research focuses on the economics of natural resources and the environment in developing countries, with a primary focus on Asia.  Outside Duke, he serves as a resource person with the South Asian Network of Development and Environmental Economists, coordinator of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics’ capacity-building programs in developing countries, and chair of the advisory committee for the Forest Economics and Policy Center at Resources for the Future. 

For further information on the presentation, contact Jon Strand at: jstrand1@worldbank.org, 202-458-5122

The Joint Bank-Fund Brown-Bag Research Seminars on Environment and Energy is a joint initiative between the Development Research Group, Environment and Energy Team (DECEE), World Bank, and the Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF. Organizers of the series are Jon Strand (DECEE), and Ruud de Mooij and Ian Parry (FAD/IMF). The seminars are held at lunch time, normally once every two weeks, alternately in the Bank and Fund. Aims of the seminars are to raise attention to, and interest in, environment, energy and natural resources issues in both institutions; to promote the interaction between the two institutions in these fields; and to improve the institutions' common work on policy.


 




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