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Relaxing constraints as a conservation policy

Groom, Ben and Palmer, Charles ORCID: 0000-0002-1252-179X (2014) Relaxing constraints as a conservation policy. Environment and Development Economics, 19 (4). pp. 502-528. ISSN 1355-770X

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S1355770X13000545


Eco-entrepreneurs in developing countries are often subject to market or institutional constraints such as missing markets. Conservation interventions which relax constraints may be both cost effective and poverty reducing. A simulation using data from an intervention in Madagascar to relax the technological constraints of forest honey production investigates this possibility. Cost-effectively achieving dual environment-development goals is shown to depend on the severity of constraints, relative prices, along with the nature and efficiency in use of technology. Success is more likely for technologies exhibiting close to constant returns to scale or high-input complementarity. Forest honey does not meet these requirements. Ultimately, where market or institutional constraints are present, knowledge of the recipient technology is required for more informed, efficient and perhaps more politically acceptable conservation policy.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2014 11:47
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:09

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