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

31 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2017 Last revised: 12 Jul 2019

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Teevrat Garg

School of Global Policy and Strategy, UCSD

Date Written: July 11, 2019

Abstract

This paper documents the effect of primary forest cover loss on increased incidence of malaria. 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 are at least $1-$2 per hectare.

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 11, 2019). 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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