Paper Title:

Property Rights And Extraction In Government Forests In Developing Countries: Spatial And Temporal Considerations

Presenting Author: Heidi J Albers (Resources for the Future)
Coauthor 1: Elizabeth J Z Robinson
Coauthor 2: Jeffrey C Williams
Coauthor 3:
In most developing countries, governments own much of the forest land on which neighboring villagers rely for the extraction of livelihood products. Where and when these villagers extract from the government forests depends on spatial costs of extraction, regeneration of the forest resources, and the implicit property rights regime. This paper examines the spatial and temporal patterns of extraction that arise when, due to high costs, the government cannot enforce its property right throughout the forest. We consider three property right settings: government’s failure to enforce their property right creates an open access situation; government effectively enforces their property right in some areas;and government grants long-term property rights for extraction in some areas. The results create a foundationf or discussion of rural welfare and temporal-spatial forest management issues such as dynamic boundaries, buffer zones, and extraction displacement.
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