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Incentivizing an End to Deforestation

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Funding Year: 2020

Research Areas: Conservation

Regions: Africa, Asia

Deforestation – a significant percentage of which occurs at the hands of smallholder farmers in developing countries – is one of the leading sources of global greenhouse gas emissions. This project seeks to reduce deforestation by smallholders by providing direct payments to farmers for conserving forest assets and using information- and market-based approaches to improve smallholder farmer livelihoods that improve upon similar, traditional schemes.

The researchers will demonstrate the efficacy of these approaches by deploying pilot studies and field experiments in collaboration with partners in Uganda and Indonesia. They aim to demonstrate that carefully designed incentive schemes can use funding efficiently to achieve higher environmental outcomes while improving smallholder livelihood

Learn more about the Environmental Venture Projects grant program and other funded projects.

Principal Investigators:

Irene Lo (Management Science and Engineering)

Jim Leape (Law)

John Weyant (Management Science and Engineering)

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