Reduction of poverty is a tremendous and persistent challenge for the global community. Given that the livelihood of millions is at stake, there is an urgent need to reconsider the causes of and the remedies for poverty. Poverty and its reduction are closely linked to the natural-resources base. Teasing apart the direction of causality in this resource-poverty nexus is a serious empirical challenge. This book contributes to an improved understanding of the economic dimensions of environmental and natural-resource management and poverty alleviation. Three sides of the debate receive particular attention. First, the relation between resource use and poverty is discussed from a theoretical point of view. Secondly, it is questioned whether payments for environmental services can be an effective tool for stimulating both sustainable resource use and poverty alleviation. Thirdly, alternative strategies to break the land degradation-poverty cycle are discussed.
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