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Poverty doesn't drive deforestation, argues new survey via @mongabay

Poverty doesn't drive deforestation, argues new survey mongabay.com June 16, 2011 Income from forests and other ecosystem generates a significant proportion of household income in developing countries, finds a six-year survey of 8,000 families from 60 sites in 24 countries. The research, which will be published by the Poverty and Environment Network, found that income from forest use accounts for more than 20 percent of rural household income across the surveyed sites. Environmental income (forest and non-forest) makes up more than one fourth of income among those surveyed. Surprisingly, the study found that the proportion of income earned from forest use did not vary with income levels. "Earlier studies have emphasized the special importance of forest incomes to the poorest households. One surprising finding of this project is that, overall, forest reliance (defined as th...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0616-poverty_forests.html

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