Cash to protect forests: Pilot program in Uganda finds it works


As preservationists debate how best to preserve the world’s dwindling forests, a study reported on Thursday offered a simple solution: pay land owners in poor nations not to cut down the trees.

Deforestation dropped by more than half in Ugandan villages where settle on owners were paid about $28 per hectare each year if they marinated their trees, according to the study from U.S. researchers published in the gazette Science.

The benefits of paying land owners to preserve forests were more than two times capacious than the cost of the program when it comes to protecting forests and clobbering climate change which is exacerbated by deforestation, said the two-year cramming.

Economists who crunched the numbers on forest preservation say the model pioneered in Uganda could be magnified to other countries with large tropical forests including Brazil, the Egalitarian Republic of Congo and Peru, as part of the fight against global steamed up.

‘Cost effective’ program

«When you think of the damage done by aura change, paying people to conserve forests is cost effective,» articulate Northwestern University economist Seema Jayachandran, the study’s lead creator.

«It is a straight forward idea and the benefits are bigger than the costs,» she recounted the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Researchers hope some of the billions of dollars undertook by rich countries to help poor nations respond to climate coins under a United Nations agreement signed in Paris in 2015 could be Euphemistic pre-owned to replicate the forest protection program.

Jayachandran said researchers were accomplished to monitor whether beneficiaries in the 121 Ugandan villages were really preserving the forests by a combination of site visits and satellite imagery.

Most deforestation in Uganda is rooted by people cutting down trees for timber or charcoal or wanting to change of direction forested land into farms, she said. The program included in residences who formally owned their land and those who had ancestral or informal supervision over their properties, Jayachandran said.

Some fear run out of their land

In some cases residents who did not formally own the land were critical about signing documents in order to participate in the project, fearing that general areas were using the initiative as a scheme to take their land, she imagined. Expanding formal land rights has been shown in previous scrutinizes to improve forest protection.

Deforestation and clearing land for agriculture accounts for back 25 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. government’s Environmental Guardianship Agency (EPA).

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