Land Reform in Bolivia: The Forestry Question

Conservation and Society, pp. 1-42, January 2010

International Institute of Social Studies Working Paper No. 480

21 Pages Posted: 3 Jul 2011

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Lorenzo Pellegrini

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Anirban Dasgupta

University of California, Riverside (UCR) - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 1, 2009

Abstract

In this paper we discuss forestry issues related to land reform in Bolivia. We find that although the current land reform satisfies most of the conditions that are necessary for adequately addressing development issues in the agrarian sector, it does not deal with many of the challenges related to forest management and actually contains provisions that come in conflict with the objectives of sustainable forest management. Given that a large part of the land that is being titled is actually forest land, the above mentioned omission and conflict with the objectives of sustainable forest management is critical and may have harmful ramifications for the preservation of forest resources as well as poverty alleviation of forest-dependent communities.

Keywords: Forest tenure, forestry, land reform, agrarian reform, Bolivia

JEL Classification: N56, Q15

Suggested Citation

Pellegrini, Lorenzo and Dasgupta, Anirban, Land Reform in Bolivia: The Forestry Question (September 1, 2009). Conservation and Society, pp. 1-42, January 2010, International Institute of Social Studies Working Paper No. 480, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1877073

Lorenzo Pellegrini (Contact Author)

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Anirban Dasgupta

University of California, Riverside (UCR) - Department of Economics ( email )

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