Ronnie Babigumira – Wealth-driven deforestation

Ronnie Babigumira, a CIFOR Research Fellow explains about the preliminary results of the PEN project. They found that households each clear an average of 1.3 hectares of forest annually, mostly for growing crops. Interestingly, the wealthiest 20 percent of rural households are clearing 30 percent more land than the poorest households surveyed suggesting that deforestation is driven by wealth rather than by poverty.