Effects of protected areas on welfare of local households: the case of Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya

Ayub M.O. Oduor, Dagne Mojo, Chao Fu, Yunli Bai, Huaping Long, Guoqin Wang & Linxiu Zhang
Protected areas are vital for biodiversity conservation although some have been criticized for not providing adequate socio-economic benefits to local people. However, empirical studies on socio-economic impacts of protected areas that control for confounding factors are rare. Here, we assessed the potential impacts of Maasai Mara National Reserve in South-Western Kenya on welfare (indicated by levels of income, consumption, and assets) of, and poverty incidence among 423 randomly selected local households. We used descriptive statistics...
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