Ecosystems and Human Health: The Local Benefits of Forest Cover in Indonesia

40 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2017

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Teevrat Garg

School of Global Policy and Strategy, UCSD

Date Written: July 29, 2017

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Garg, Teevrat, Ecosystems and Human Health: The Local Benefits of Forest Cover in Indonesia (July 29, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3010785 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3010785

Teevrat Garg (Contact Author)

School of Global Policy and Strategy, UCSD ( email )

9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0519
United States

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