Ecosystems and Human Health: The Local Benefits of Forest Cover in Indonesia
40 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2017
Date Written: July 29, 2017
This paper documents the causal effect of primary forest cover loss on increased local malarial incidence. The evidence is consistent with an ecological response and land use change, anti-malarial programs or migration cannot explain the effect of forest cover loss on increased malarial incidence. The effect is specific to malaria, with forest cover having no discernible effect on other diseases with a disease ecology different from that of malaria. Back of the envelope calculations indicate that the morbidity-related malaria-reducing local benefits of primary forests alone account for one hundred million dollars in local ecosystem services in Indonesia.
Keywords: Deforestation, Malaria, Indonesia, Ecosystem Services
JEL Classification: Q53, O13, Q56, Q57, Q20
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