Beyond money: does REDD+ payment enhance household’s participation in forest governance and management in Nepal’s community forests?

Shrestha, Sujata and Shrestha, Uttam Babu (2017) Beyond money: does REDD+ payment enhance household’s participation in forest governance and management in Nepal’s community forests? Forest Policy and Economics , 80. pp. 63-70. ISSN 1389-9341

Abstract

Incentives can enhance community participation in conservation programs, but our understanding of how an economic incentive influences the participation of households in forest management is limited. REDD+ (Reducing Emission for Deforestation and forest Degradation)—a climate change mitigation mechanism initiated by international communities—provides payments to developing countries for better conservation of their forests. The REDD+ pilot project was implemented in community forests of Nepal through which REDD+ payment was distributed to the households involved in forest conservation. We examine whether REDD+ payments enhance participation of households in forest conservation, benefit provision, policy making, community services and capacity building programs in community forests of Nepal. Our results show that socio-economic factors such as education, family size, agricultural land holdings, and biophysical factors such as distance from respondent's household to the affiliated community forest are more likely to determine the participation in community forest management rather than economic incentive provided by the REDD+ pilot project.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2017 23:14
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2018 23:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change; conservation; deforestation; developing countries; biophysical factors
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2017.03.005
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32868

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