A framework to assess the impacts of corruption on forests and prioritize responses

Fiona Meehan, Luca Tacconi

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    Abstract

    Corruption has often been blamed for causing deforestation, however, the evidence is mixed. The paper develops a framework to assess the impacts of corruption on forests and prioritize policy responses. Rather than relying just on a theoretical description of corruption, the framework is developed by analyzing how corruption manifests itself on the ground in the forest sector in Indonesia. The framework considers the potential impacts of corruption at different stages of forest management. We argue that to identify the specific impacts of corruption, it is necessary to understand intervening factors. It is shown that the impacts of different types of corruption on forests may be direct, indirect, ambiguous, or even negligible. Therefore, anti-corruption efforts should be more targeted to the specific types of corruption that are most likely to contribute to deforestation and forest degradation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)113-122
    JournalLand Use Policy
    Volume60
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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