Does Resource Commercialization Induce Local Conservation? A Cautionary Tale from Southwestern Morocco

Society and Natural Resources, Forthcoming

Posted: 9 Oct 2002 Last revised: 4 Jul 2013

See all articles by Travis J. Lybbert

Travis J. Lybbert

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Christopher B. Barrett

Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management

Hamid Narjisse

IAV Hassan II

Date Written: January 1, 2002

Abstract

Ecotourism, bioprospecting and non-timber product marketing have been promoted recently as market-based instruments for environment protection, but without sound understanding of the resulting net conservation effects. We present evidence on the local conservation effects of recent argan oil commercialization in Morocco, which seems a promising case study in conservation through resource commercialization. Our empirical analysis shows, however, that resource commercialization is not creating strong net conservation incentives because assumptions implicit in the prevailing logic prove incorrect in this case. Generally, the experience of southwestern Morocco provides a cautionary tale about the assumed efficacy of conservation strategies founded on resource commercialization.

Suggested Citation

Lybbert, Travis J. and Barrett, Christopher B. and Narjisse, Hamid, Does Resource Commercialization Induce Local Conservation? A Cautionary Tale from Southwestern Morocco (January 1, 2002). Society and Natural Resources, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=329621 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.329621

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Hamid Narjisse

IAV Hassan II ( email )

Rabat
Morocco

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