Protected areas, household environmental incomes and well-being in the Greater Serengeti-Mara ecosystem

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Protected areas, household environmental incomes and well-being in the Greater Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. / Jiao, Xi; Walelign, Solomon Zena; Nielsen, Martin Reinhardt; Smith-Hall, Carsten.

In: Forest Policy and Economics, Vol. 106, 101948, 09.2019.

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Jiao, X, Walelign, SZ, Nielsen, MR & Smith-Hall, C 2019, 'Protected areas, household environmental incomes and well-being in the Greater Serengeti-Mara ecosystem', Forest Policy and Economics, vol. 106, 101948. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2019.101948

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Jiao, X., Walelign, S. Z., Nielsen, M. R., & Smith-Hall, C. (2019). Protected areas, household environmental incomes and well-being in the Greater Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. Forest Policy and Economics, 106, [101948]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2019.101948

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Jiao X, Walelign SZ, Nielsen MR, Smith-Hall C. Protected areas, household environmental incomes and well-being in the Greater Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. Forest Policy and Economics. 2019 Sep;106. 101948. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2019.101948

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Jiao, Xi ; Walelign, Solomon Zena ; Nielsen, Martin Reinhardt ; Smith-Hall, Carsten. / Protected areas, household environmental incomes and well-being in the Greater Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. In: Forest Policy and Economics. 2019 ; Vol. 106.

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title = "Protected areas, household environmental incomes and well-being in the Greater Serengeti-Mara ecosystem",
abstract = "Protected areas are an important cornerstone in the attempt to halt habitat and species losses. While it is widely recognized that local communities impact on conservation outcomes, there is a limited understanding of the economic importance of environmental resources in protected areas to local household incomes and well-being. This inhibits the development and implementation of efficient conservation policies. This paper, using the iconic case of the Greater Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem and its surrounding local communities in Tanzania and Kenya, quantifies the household-level economic importance of this protected area. Data was collected using well-being and environmentally augmented structured household surveys administered to 985 randomly selected households in 25 communities. Results documented high reliance on environmental income of the poorest, a negative relationship between environmental reliance and well-being, with households closer to the protected area having higher environmental reliance and lower well-being. Hence, degradation of protected area habitats will negatively and disproportionately affect the income and may further reduce the well-being of the poorest households. Sustainable protected area management must address human well-being as well as conservation objectives. Increasing access to education and building skills to promote alternative non-environmental based livelihood activities will promote both conservation and development objectives.",
keywords = "Africa, Conservation, Ecosystem services, Environmental reliance, Household income, Human well-being",
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