Journal article

Evaluating the effects of common-pool resource institutions and market forces on species richness and forest cover in Ecuadorian indigenous Kichwa communities

Johan A Oldekop, Anthony J Bebbington, Karl Hennermann, Julia McMorrow, David A Springate, Bolier Torres, Nathan K Truelove, Niklas Tysklind, Santiago Villamarin, Richard F Preziosi

Conservation Letters | WILEY | Published : 2013

Abstract

We compare conservation outcomes between a protected area (PA) and four indigenous common-property regimes (CPRs) under differing degrees of market integration in the Ecuadorian Amazon. We first assess how market forces and common-pool resource institutions governing processes of forest conversion affect biodiversity and forest cover, and whether institutions mitigate the effect of market forces. We then analyze how biodiversity and forest cover differ between a PA, and communities with different market access. Finally, we link biodiversity and forest cover changes within communities to differences in land-use practices. While we show similar levels of forest cover and biodiversity between t..

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