Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

The Moore Center for Science at Conservation International is one of the world’s premier conservation research institutes, producing and applying groundbreaking and policy-relevant research to help decision-makers protect nature. To date, Conservation International has published more than 1,100 peer-reviewed articles, many in leading journals including Science, Nature and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

On average, each of our scientific papers is cited more than 45 times by other scholars — a rate exceeding that of any other U.S. conservation organization as well as leading universities.

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Local Perceptions of the Livelihood and Conservation Benefits of Small-Scale Livelihood Projects in Rural Madagascar

Celia A. Harvey, Andoniaina M. Rambeloson, Tokihenintsoa Andrianjohaninarivo, Luciano Andriamaro, Andriambolantsoa Rasolohery, Jeannicq Randrianarisoa, Soloson Ramanahadray, Michael Christie, Ewa Siwicka, Kyriaki Remoundou, Sergio Vílchez-Mendoza, James L. MacKinnon

Society & Natural Resources, 31, 1045-1063

August 13, 2018

Small-scale livelihood projects are widely used in forest conservation and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD)+ initiatives; however, there is limited information on how effective these projects are at delivering livelihood and conservation benefits. We explored local perceptions of the effectiveness of small-scale livelihood projects in delivering livelihood and conservation benefits in eastern Madagascar. Our results suggest that small-scale livelihood projects vary greatly in their ability to deliver livelihood benefits, and that the type of livelihood project (e.g., agriculture, beekeeping, fish farming, or livestock production) has a significant impact on which livelihood benefits are delivered. Many small-scale livelihood projects, regardless of project type, are perceived to contribute to forest conservation efforts. Our study highlights that small-scale livelihood projects have the potential to contribute to both improved livelihoods and enhanced forest conservation, but also illustrates the need for more information on the factors that lead to project success.

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Harvey, C. A., Rambeloson, A. M., Andrianjohaninarivo, T., Andriamaro, L., Rasolohery, A., Randrianarisoa, J., … MacKinnon, J. L. (2018). Local Perceptions of the Livelihood and Conservation Benefits of Small-Scale Livelihood Projects in Rural Madagascar. Society & Natural Resources, 31(9), 1045–1063. doi:10.1080/08941920.2018.1484974