Effects of Protected Areas on Forest Cover Change and Local Communities: Evidence from the Peruvian Amazon

Juan José Miranda, Leonardo Corral, Allen Blackman, Gregory Asner, Eirivelthon Lima

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Protected areas are a cornerstone of forest conservation in developing countries. Yet little is known about their effects on forest cover change or the socioeconomic status of local communities. This paper assesses whether "win-win" scenarios are possible-that is, whether protected areas can both stem forest cover change and alleviate poverty. We examine protected areas in the Peruvian Amazon during the early 2000s. We find that protected areas reduce deforestation. We do not find a robust effect on poverty. Protected areas that allow sustainable extractive activities are more effective in reducing deforestation but less effective in reducing poverty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)288-307
Number of pages20
JournalWorld Development
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • Conservation
  • Deforestation
  • Land conservation
  • Land use
  • Poverty
  • Protected areas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

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