Tenure Constraints and Carbon Forestry in Africa

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Edward B. Barbier

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Economics

Anteneh T. Tesfaw

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: July 2013

Abstract

Our analysis shows that landowners with customary tenure in Africa can be efficient providers of carbon forestry if tree planting helps secure their permanent claims to the land. If the farmer's tree planting can reduce the threat of eviction, the amount of land allocated to carbon forestry may be greater or lesser than under private ownership, but it is always more than if tenure security is completely absent. Our results support the view that carbon forestry schemes should accommodate traditional African customary tenure systems, and if designed successfully, can both promote carbon forestry and benefit the poor.

Keywords: Africa, carbon forestry, customary tenure, payment for ecosystem services, property rights, tenure security

Suggested Citation

Barbier, Edward B. and Tesfaw, Anteneh T., Tenure Constraints and Carbon Forestry in Africa (July 2013). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 95, Issue 4, pp. 964-975, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3573091 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aat014

Edward B. Barbier (Contact Author)

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Economics ( email )

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1771
United States

Anteneh T. Tesfaw

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