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Study: Forest regeneration in Madagascar depends on strong local institutions and property rights
A new study reveals the influence of social and institutional context on the regeneration of forest in Madagascar. Spontaneous forest regeneration is not just an ecological phenomenon, it depends on the social context it is embedded in, according to the scientists from Sweden and Madagascar who conducted the study. Counter-intuitive findings include the fact that a high density population does not necessarily translate into a loss of forest cover. Rather, this inventory reveals that loss of forest occurred mainly in areas with insecure property rights, while areas with well-defined local norms, rules and property rights for forest management showed either regenerating or stable forest cover. Strong local institutions and enforcement of rights, including customary rights, contribute to protecting the forest.
The complete study is available here.
Posted By Anne-Sophie Samjee at 9:24am on May 03, 2007
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