The changing role of forests in peoples livelihoods in frontier areas is important from
the perspective of poverty alleviation and forest conservation. This study explores the link between expanding economic opportunities, forest dependence, and welfare in 73 villages. Village economic options, forest cover, and land suitability for agriculture and forestry are determining factors of peoples well-being. Increased accessibility to markets and deforestation are strongly associated with economic diversity at the village level. Increased economic diversity, larger areas of forests, more intensive land use, higher endowments of agricultural land and forest, and higher village population
are related to increased well-being.
Topic: spatial analysis,income,off-farm employment,rural welfare,forest resources,forests,rural economy,rural communities
Publication Year: 2005
Source: World Development 33(9): 1419û1434