Shaping environmental policies for sustainable tropical forest bioeconomies


Impact evaluation, political economy of tropical conservation policy, resource use tradeoffs, land use change modelling


Amazon Region (Brazil, Peru, Ecuador); Indonesia


Increasing global demand for food and energy and the prospect of a forest conservation mechanism in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change represent major opportunities and challenges for bioeconomy development at tropical forest margins. Tropical forests are both a source of new agricultural land and providers of global ecosystem services, i.e. competing objectives for both national governments and the international community. This proposal adopts an interdisciplinary policy research approach to addressing two crucial research gaps towards cost-effective and socially compatible environmental policies in the context of the Amazon region: (1) The role of alternative instrument design options in affecting policy cost-effectiveness and welfare impacts in spatially heterogeneous bio-physical and institutional settings, and (2), quantitative measures of the resulting scope for environmental policy choice and design given multiple tradeoffs among bioeconomy development objectives. The research plan integrates bio-economic scenario analyses with insights from econometric impact and policy case studies as well as spatial overlay and simulation techniques from environmental geography. Results are expected to support national policy makers, donors and international organizations in designing equitable and environmentally effective strategies for sustainable tropical forest bioeconomies.


Quantitative impact evaluation, ecological-economic modelling, qualitative analysis of political decision making processes

Main Cooperation Partners

  • Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • Sustainable Amazonas Foundation (FAS)
  • Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)
Main Funding Partners

Robert Bosch Stiftung

Further information

Workshop about emerging evidence on the effectiveness of forest conservation initiatives in Barcelona, Spain during December 10-12, 2013:
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Duration of the Project

2012 - 07/2018

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Jan Börner

Prof. Dr. Jan Börner


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