The Road Less Traveled: Does Forest Conservation Reduce Malaria in the Brazilian Amazon?, Subhrendu Pattanayak( More about event)
ecent claims that ecosystems generate health benefits rests on a very thin empirical base of questionable quality. It is particularly difficult to deliver practical policy advice because there is almost no evidence that specific conservation policies generate health benefits. In this paper we build a comprehensive dataset which allows us to investigate the joint effects of different covariates on malaria, while applying innovative methods to allow for panel effects. We focus on the Brazilian Amazon because the region suffers from endemic malaria, high deforestation, persistent poverty and in-migration, even as the government actively pursues a sustainable development agenda, including the expansion of protected areas and road building in the region. We build a unique data set by combining municipal-level panel data on malaria surveillance and key demographic, socioeconomic, climatic and land use covariates. We find evidence on the âdouble-(health)-dividendsâ? of conservation policies. If health is an important by product, a portfolio of conservation strategies including control of unofficial roads (instead of focusing only on preventing new official road construction) and in-migration and the promotion of strict protection and indigenous reserves (in addition to sustainable use protected areas) merits further consideration.
Location: Guyot 100
Date/Time: 03/29/11 at 4:30 pm - 03/29/11 at 6:00 pm
Sponsor: Princeton Environmental Institute