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Decentralization, Forests and Rural Communities

Decentralization, Forests and Rural Communities
Policy Outcomes in Southeast Asia

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December 2007 | 328 pages | SAGE India
Asian societies are entering a new era of decentralized governance of forests. The authority to make decisions on forest management has shifted to lower levels of government and, in some cases, to the local people themselves. But can governments simply `decentralize` authority away from the center, or are there certain core elements necessary to achieve sustainable management and conservation of forests in a decentralized world?

This book argues that policy solutions to resource dilemmas faced by forest-accessing rural communities must be flexible, and should allow for local dynamics and innovations to take place. Presenting case studies from Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam, this volume investigates how decentralization is affecting local stakeholders and their management of forest resources.
Marilyn W Hoskins
William R Burch, JNR
Edward L Webb
Forest Policy as a Changing Context in Asia
Arun Agrawal and Elinor Ostrom
Decentralization and Community-Based Forestry: Learning from Experience
Edward L Webb and Lam Dorji
The Evolution of Forest-related Institutions in Bhutan: Adaptations of Local People to the Rising State
Rucha Ghate and Deepshikha Mehra
Integrating Informal with Formal Forest Management Institutions for Sustainable Collective Action in India
Yonariza and Ganesh P Shivakoti
Decentralization Policy and Revitalization of Local Institutions for Protected Area Co-management in West Sumatra, Indonesia
Ambika P Gautam and Ganesh P Shivakoti
Evolution and Impacts of Community-based Forest Management in the Hills of Nepal
Mukunda Karmacharya, Birendra Karna and Elinor Ostrom
Implications of Leasehold and Community Forestry for Poverty Alleviation
Harini Nagendra, Mukunda Karmacharya and Birendra Karna
Disentangling a Complex Web: Forests, People and Decentralization in Nepal
Nitaya Kijtewachakul, Ganesh P Shivakoti and Edward L Webb
Evolution of Community-Based Management and Forest Health in Northern Thailand
Case Study of Nahai and Huai-muang Villages in Sopsai Watershed, Thawangpa District, Nan Province

Ngo Tri Dung and Edward L Webb
Incentives of the Forest Land Allocation Process: Implications for Forest Management in Nam Dong District, Central Vietnam
Ganesh P Shivakoti and Elinor Ostrom
Facilitating Decentralized Policies for Sustainable Governance and Management of Forest Resources in Asia

The book is a significant contribution to the field of community conservation and will be useful to policy makers, NGOs, academics and environmentalists.

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Edward L Webb

Edward L Webb is an Associate Professor, Natural Resources Management at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. He has been a recipient of two MacArthur Foundation grants for research and conservation activities in central Vietnam and has published extensively on the ecology and management of tropical and Himalayan forests. His current research interests include the vegetation ecology of tropical and subtropical forests, the impacts of community-based management activities on forested ecosystems, and conservation of forests by rural communities. More About Author

Ganesh P. Shivakoti

Ganesh P. Shivakoti is Adjunct Professor of Agricultural and Natural Resources Economics, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, and Visiting Professor, Arizona State University, US. He has co-authored Improving Irrigation in Asia: Sustainable Performance of an Innovative Intervention in Nepal with Nobel Laureate Elionr Ostrom. More About Author

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ISBN: 9789352809011