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Another possible cost of COVID-19 : returning workers may lead to deforestation in Nepal
|Title:||Another possible cost of COVID-19 : returning workers may lead to deforestation in Nepal|
|Authors:||Fox, Jefferson M.|
Paudel, Naya Sharma
|Date Issued:||28 Aug 2020|
|Publisher:||Honolulu, HI : East-West Center|
|Abstract:||In rural Nepal, many young people have migrated to urban areas or overseas in search of employment. Farm sizes remained the same, but with remittance income coming in from migrants plus a sharp reduction in available labor at home, many farmers left some of their land uncultivated. The resulting increase in tree cover has provided an important environmental benefit. Today, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many Nepali migrants to return home. With more available labor and less remittance income, will farmers in Nepal now remove trees on their land to expand cultivation?|
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