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Resource-dependent livelihoods and the natural resource base

Robinson, E. J. Z. (2016) Resource-dependent livelihoods and the natural resource base. Annual Review of Resource Economics, 8 (1). pp. 281-301. ISSN 1941-1340

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1146/annurev-resource-100815-095521


The natural resource base, terrestrial and marine, provides rural households in lower-income countries with income, food, shelter, and medicines, which are variously gathered and hunted in common lands and waters. These resources may be actively managed, whether by the government or local community; or may be de facto open access, with little effort by governments to prevent what may be de jure illegal extraction. This paper provides an appraisal of the literature that encompasses the direct value of wild resources to rural households; the extent to which these resources mitigate poverty and inequality; and the importance of the institutional context. The literature is increasingly addressing competing demands on the resource base both to support nearby livelihoods, and to enhance ecosystem services such as biodiversity; and how initiatives such as community-based payments for ecosystem services are changing how people interact with the resource base.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Department of Agri-Food Economics & Marketing
ID Code:59063
Publisher:Annual Reviews

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