Deforestation in Indonesia: A Household Level Analysis of the Role of Forest Dependence and Poverty

This paper examines the extent of, and factors associated with, Indonesian deforestation caused by small scale farmers. A survey of 216 rural households in five villages in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, was conducted to study to what extent forest dependence and various facets of poverty encourage people to clear forestland. Results indicate that households that rely on forests for cash and in-kind income (from activities such as hunting and firewood collection) are less likely to clear forests for agricultural use. Forest clearing is also negatively related to the availability of off-farm employment. An important finding is that poorer farmers are less likely to engage in forest clearing.

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