Ken Chomitz, Senior Advisor in the World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group, highlights his new
research findings about protected areas and how they affect deforestation in this interview.
Bio of Mr. Chomitz:
In his role with the IEG, Ken Chomitz has focused his work on environmental economics. He is the
author of "At Loggerheads? Agricultural Expansion, Poverty Reduction and Environment in the
Tropical Forests", and one of the authors of the World Bank's World Development Report 2001 on
sustainable development. He has worked extensively on the causes and consequences of land use change
and on climate change. He was previously with the Bank's Development Research Group. Prior
to joining the World Bank in 1993, he was a National Research Council Fellow at the US National Academy of
Sciences; Assistant Professor of Economics at Boston University; and senior Advisor,
Development Studies Project, Jakarta. He holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics from M.I.T. and
a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Irvine.