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Because we can't eat trees: Smallholders' willingness-to-accept to avoid deforestation in Cameroon Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
Sub-saharan Africa
avoided deforestation
REDD
contingent valuation
smallholder agriculture
PES
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Thompson, Dara. Y. L.
Supervisor and department
Swallow, Brent (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Luckert, Marty (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Examining committee member and department
Swallow, Brent (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Luckert, Marty (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Krahn, Harvey (Sociology)
Department
Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
Specialization
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Date accepted
2014-08-20T14:31:00Z
Graduation date
2014-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) has been brought forth by the global community as a strategy to positively impact the climate. Key costs in implementing REDD strategies are the payments to individuals and/or groups that provide emission abatement through forest maintenance. In this study, estimation of compensation levels for individual smallholders in Cameroon is derived through measuring their willingness to accept (WTA) land use restrictions. Through a stated preference approach, heads of households are asked to indicate the minimum amount that each would be WTA to maintain forested land based on a hypothetical contract that would limit their land or tree clearing activities for 10 years. Smallholder perceptions were also captured through responses to Likert-type statements. Compared to previous opportunity cost estimates, WTA results suggest that generally, smallholders require more compensation to participate in REDD than production-based opportunity cost approaches indicate.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3BN9X891
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