The Merits of Green Economies: The Atlantic Forest of Brazil and Papua/Papua Barat, Indonesia (2009)
Lawrence, K. S., Paese, A., Pettyjohn, K., Pratama, C. D., Wong, G. Y.
presented on the 11th Biodiversity and Economics for Conservation Conference, Venice, Italy.
We explore whether economic growth, equity and conservation goals can be achieved
simultaneously, in two biodiversity-rich landscapes. Our approach compares a â€žbusiness as usualâ€Ÿ
scenario against a â€žgreen economiesâ€Ÿ scenario, to assess the contribution each scenario makes
to economic development; equity (including poverty reduction); ecosystem service provision;
biodiversity; and the sustainability of these outcomes. In the Atlantic Forest of Brazil we assess
the economic impacts of ongoing efforts to recover a fragmented, degraded ecosystem in a
densely populated area. In the wilderness region of Papua and Papua Barat, Indonesia, we
explore the implications of different scenarios for timber and palm oil on growth and equity.