Land Use Policy for Forest Management: Impacts on Forest Outcomes
How does land use policy for forest management directly and indirectly impact forest outcomes? This overarching dissertation question is addressed in four chapters. First I examine an empirical case and demonstrate that multiple use allocation decreases deforestation rates in the Peruvian Amazon. Second I analyze sustainability commitments by private concessions in the Peruvian Amazon and find that they are not associated with significant changes in deforestation rates. Third I examine forest carbon offset projects in the US and find that they have increased forest carbon stock for climate change mitigation. Fourth I examine the use forest carbon offsets and find that they have a small potential impact on human-health related air quality.