miércoles, 25 de noviembre de 2015
The opportunity costs of degradation
There have been several studies of the opportunity costs of deforestation in the context of REDD+, for example in preparation for the Stern Report (Greig Gran 2008, http://pubs.iied.org/pdfs/G02489.pdf) and for the World Bank (Chomitz, 2007 http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2006/10/19/000112742_20061019150049/additional/ixviiiPRRALFMweb.pdf) but very little is known about the opportunity costs of degradation. In InfoBrief 6 we present some estimates of the opportunity costs of degradation for the case of shifting cultivation in western Mexico. Not only are these costs high, they also vary greatly according to farming style. This introduces a social dimension which has not been present in studies of opportunity costs earlier. For InfoBrief 6 please see the side menu.