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Rain Forest Conservation in a Tribal World: Why Forest Dwellers Prefer Loggers to Conservationists
Article first published online: 27 MAY 2010
© 2010 The Author(s). Journal compilation © 2010 by The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Volume 42, Issue 5, pages 546–549, September 2010
How to Cite
Novotny, V. (2010), Rain Forest Conservation in a Tribal World: Why Forest Dwellers Prefer Loggers to Conservationists. Biotropica, 42: 546–549. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-7429.2010.00658.x
- Issue published online: 9 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 27 MAY 2010
- Received 3 April 2010; revision accepted 11 April 2010.
- carbon credits;
- indigenous communities;
- land rights;
- Papua New Guinea;
- tropical forest
In Papua New Guinea, the fate of forests is governed by forest-dwelling tribal societies. A rapidly increasing pace of logging compels us to ask why tribal communities prefer logging to conservation. In the absence of feasible development opportunities, remote communities become quickly enthusiastic about conservation projects, but once an area is opened up to logging few such projects survive. Direct payments to forest owners to cover the costs of missed opportunities for economic development are advocated here to make conservation competitive. A conservation royalty scheme would deliver a higher proportion of the conservation funds to the resource owners than the management-intensive community development projects currently favored. Such an approach requires a profound cultural change within conservation organizations from a ‘development aid’ approach to one more oriented toward business.