Forest cover increase in India: The role of policy and markets

Raghavan, R and Shrimali, G (2015) Forest cover increase in India: The role of policy and markets. Forest Policy and Economics. ISSN 1389-9341

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Contrary to trends in many countries, forest cover in India has increased in recent times. Using a step wise time series cross section regression analysis on state–level panel data over 1990–2008, we examine two hypotheses to explain this increase: Forest cover is influenced by policies as well as the timber market. While appropriately controlling for economic and structural influences, we find that implementation of joint forest management is positively correlated with forest cover, implying that community participation is key to effective afforestation; and the timber and fuel wood market demands are positively correlated with forest cover, implying that demand-driven growth is conducive to forest growth, especially in presence of complementary policies. Our results suggest that policies, by supporting individual interests, can increase forest cover more effectively.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Raghavan, R
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Forest cover; Panel regression; Joint forest management; Timber demand; Fuel wood demand; Plantations
Subjects: Business and Management
Depositing User: Veeramani R
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2015 12:35
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2015 12:36
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