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Does Conserving Biodiversity Work to Reduce Poverty? A State of Knowledge Review

by Michael Colby last modified Aug 20, 2013 05:04 PM
Contributors: Craig Leisher, M. Sanjayan, Jill Blockhus, Andreas Kontoleon, S. Neil Larsen

A meta-review of 400+ documents for empirical evidence about the role of biodiversity conservation as a mechanism for poverty reduction. Ten different types of conservation mechanisms were found with some level of evidence. The highest amount of evidence of poverty benefits were found to come from nature tourism and fish sanctuary spillover, followed by agro-forestry, mangrove restoration, and agrobiodiversity. Lower amounts of evidence were found for non-timber forest products (NTFPs-despite many studies), community timber enterprises (ditto), payments for environmental services (PES, a relatively new but fast-growing field), protected area jobs, and grasslands management. The Literature Cited lists about 100 of the studies reviewed, but the "associated website" is a link to a spreadsheet containing the full list of 400+ studies reviewed.

Author(s): Craig Leisher , M. Sanjayan , Jill Blockhus , Andreas Kontoleon , S. Neil Larsen

Publication Date: 2010

Location: global

Download File from Portal: 2010 TNC Leisher-Biodiversity as a Mechanism for Poverty Reduction Report FINAL.pdf — PDF document, 1,400 kB (1,434,604 bytes)

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