An incentive for natural resource management
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CTA. 2001. An incentive for natural resource management. Rural Radio Resource Pack 01/4. Wageningen, The Netherlands: CTA.
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Apart from the issue of fairness, there is also considerable evidence that giving people secure rights to their land and natural resources, helps to ensure that land is properly maintained and resources are responsibly exploited. Ruth Meinzen-Dick, a researcher on land and water rights, explains the link.
An incentive for natural resource management Cue: Erosion and deforestation are two problems that tend to be more serious when people do not have secure rights to their land and their forests. It?s easy to understand why. If you know that your access to those resources in the future is not safe, there is a strong temptation to earn as much as you can from them as quickly as possible. In addition, farmers who are worried about whether they will still be farming their land after a few years are unlikely to invest in long-term projects to increase, or even maintain the productivity of their fields. Ruth Meinzen-Dick has done extensive research on people?s rights to land and water. She spoke to Mike Davison about the important role that land rights can have in protecting the environment and preserving natural resources. IN: