The role forests play in poverty alleviation

Green forest with morning sun rays shinning through three branchesASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes Associate Director for Conservation Evidence Samantha Cheng was the lead author of a paper titled “A systemic map of evidence on the contribution of forests to poverty alleviation” published in the Environmental Evidence Journal. Abstract: Forests provide an essential resource to the livelihoods of an estimated 20% of the global population. The contribution of forest ecosystems and forest-based resources to poverty reduction is increasingly emphasized in international policy discourse and conservation and development investments. However, evidence measuring the effect of forest-based activities on poverty outcomes remains scattered and unclear. Lack of systematic understanding of forest-poverty relationships, in turn, inhibits research, policymaking, and efficient financial resource allocation.