Between economic loss and social identity: Themulti-dimensional cost of avoiding deforestation in Eastern Madagascar

Abstract : This paper exhibits the multiple dimensions of the cost of stopping the main driver of deforestation in Madagascar, slash-and-burn agriculture (tavy). As well as being amajor component of the economic livelihoods of most local households living at the edge of forests, tavy has been described by anthropologists as an important cultural practice. In this paper,we showthat stopping tavy does not only entail an economic cost for local households. The loss of the cultural dimension of tavywould come at an additional “cultural cost” for some. Our results suggest that a viable cessation of deforestation inMadagascar would require going beyond simple compensation of the opportunity costs of avoiding deforestation.
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Sébastien Desbureaux, Laura Brimon. Between economic loss and social identity: Themulti-dimensional cost of avoiding deforestation in Eastern Madagascar. Ecological Economics, 2015, 118, pp.10-20. ⟨halshs-01189016⟩

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