Decentralization can help reduce deforestation when user groups engage with local government.

  title={Decentralization can help reduce deforestation when user groups engage with local government.},
  author={Glenn D Wright and Krister P Andersson and Clark C. Gibson and Tom P. Evans},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={113 52},
Policy makers around the world tout decentralization as an effective tool in the governance of natural resources. Despite the popularity of these reforms, there is limited scientific evidence on the environmental effects of decentralization, especially in tropical biomes. This study presents evidence on the institutional conditions under which decentralization is likely to be successful in sustaining forests. We draw on common-pool resource theory to argue that the environmental impact of… CONTINUE READING
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