Freshwater fisheries conservation can increase biodiversity

This paper evaluates the impact of a fisheries management program centered on the definition of Fish Conservation Zones on biodiversity, measured as the number of species caught in the last 12 months. Data comes from a set of 32 villages in central Lao PDR. The estimated causal effects are large (an increase between 29 and 32 species) and robust to the potential importance of unmeasured confounders.

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Butorac, D., P. Santos, P. Phouvin, and F. Guegan

Publication Date

27 May 2020

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Biodiversity, Fisheries, Species diversity, Fresh water, Census, Ecosystems, Lao people