Poverty, Development, and Ecological Services

International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 1-27, 2008

Posted: 14 Oct 2008 Last revised: 15 Mar 2010

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Edward B. Barbier

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Economics

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

The importance of ecosystem services to human welfare and economic livelihoods in low-income countries is now well recognized. Poor people in developing regions are particularly vulnerable to the deteriorating ecological values resulting from the loss of tropical forests, coral reefs, mangroves, and other ecosystems. Current efforts to reconcile development pressures with maintaining key ecosystem benefits focus on payment for environmental services and other incentives to protect critical ecosystems and habitat in developing countries. But geographical targeting and other means of tackling poverty more directly should be considered also.

Keywords: Coral reefs, developing countries, economic development, ecosystem services, mangroves, poverty, tropical forests

JEL Classification: O13, Q20

Suggested Citation

Barbier, Edward B., Poverty, Development, and Ecological Services (2008). International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 1-27, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1281653

Edward B. Barbier (Contact Author)

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Economics ( email )

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1771
United States

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