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Javier Montoya Zumaeta



MSc Environmental Economics (2008-2009)
CATIE - Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center
Costa Rica

BSc in Economics (2000-2006)
Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana

Contact details

PhD programme

Resources, Environment and Development (RE&D)

Supervisor(s) and panel members

Topic title

Reconciling Conservation and Development? Environmental and socioeconomic impacts from incentive based resource management initiatives in Peru

Topic description

Traditionally, the design of policies addressing environmental and resource management issues has been strongly influenced by stakeholders’ intuition and previous expertise rather than rigorous empirical evidence. Given existence of limited financial resources to meet biodiversity conservation targets, it is important that impacts attributable to these interventions could be object of studies aim to quantify and analysed them in order to provide evidence that support its implementation, maintaining, or reorganization. For my doctoral research I expect to contribute to this topic by analyzing two emblematic local conservation initiatives currently functioning in the Peruvian Amazon. To do so, first I will compare groups under intervention with controls using quasi experimental impact evaluation techniques, discarding this way that impact estimates could be biased. Furthermore, using qualitative methods I expect to determinate the most plausible causal mechanisms that have enabled their achieved outputs, addressing this way the need to link empirical evidence with change theory. Also, qualitative data will be used to describe governance aspects featuring each initiative, and to disentangle how institutional factors had eventually influenced on aspects related with their effectiveness, efficiency and benefits distribution.


Savilaakso, S; Cerutti, PO; MONTOYA ZUMAETA, JG; Ruslandie, Mendoula, EE; and Tsanga, R. 2017. Timber certification as a catalyst for change in forest governance in Cameroon, Indonesia, and Peru. International Journal of Biodiversity Sciences, Ecosystem Services & Management 13(1): 116-133. doi:
Savilaakso, S, Cerutti, PO, MONTOYA ZUMAETA, JG, and Ruslandi. 2016. Conserving biodiversity and improving human livelihoods through interaction between public regulation and forest management certification. IUCN Policy Matters 21: 73-90.
MONTOYA ZUMAETA, JG; NOLAZCO, JL. 2015. Advances in the design of local PES in the Peruvian Amazon Lowlands: The case of the Nanay watershed (in spanish).Revista Natur @ economía (2)1: 92-114
MONTOYA ZUMAETA, JG, ROJAS, E, GUTIERREZ, J. 2015. Determinants of the Riverine Households’ Land Use Decisions in the Peruvian Amazon Lowland (in spanish). _Conservation Strategy Fund Technical Paper No. 34. Available at:
MONTOYA ZUMAETA, JG; JUNKIN, R; GOTTRET, MV; STOIAN, D. 2013. Positioning and governance of Cacaonica in the Nicaraguan organic cocoa value chain (in spanish). _Revista Agroforestería de las Américas 49(2013):78-84.

Scholarships and fellowships

2017-2019: Consejo Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Tecnológica (CONCYTEC-Peru)
2017-2018: Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP)
2018-2019: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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