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'A well written book, astutely organized.'Development and ChangeLocal Forest Management is built around careful and illuminating case studies of the effects of devolution policies on the management of forests in several Asian countries. The studies demonstrate that devolution policies - contrary to the claims of governments - actually increased governmental control over the management of local resources and did so at lower cost. The controversial findings show that if local forest users are to exercise genuine control over forest management, they must be better represented in the processes of forming, implementing and evaluating devolution policies. In addition, the guiding principle for policy discussions should be to create sustainable livelihoods for local resource users, especially the poorest among them, rather than reducing the cost of government forest administration. This book is essential reading for forest and other natural resource managers, policy makers, development economists and forestry professionals and researchers.

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This collaborative study, edited by Edmunds and Wollenberg (research fellows at the Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia), examines the possibilities for placing sustainable management of forests under local control of poor forest-dependent communities. Based on research conducted devolution efforts in China, India, and the Philippines, six chapters explore the inherent limitations in devolution, collectively arguing that such policies can have a negative impact on local forest users, especially if there is a lack of genuine transfer of significant decision-making authority and institution building among the poor communities. Distributed by Stylus.
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Built around careful and illuminating case studies of the effects of devolution policies on the management of forests in several Asian countries, the studies demonstrate that, contrary to the aim of such policies, they increased governmental control over the management of local resources, and at lower cost. They also show that if genuine control is to be exercised by local resource users for their livelihoods, more has to be done to take their needs into account and to diversify the range of interests represented and the opportunities for creating livelihoods from the local resources.

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ISBN:
9781844070237
Editor:
Edmunds, David
Editor:
Wollenberg, Eva
Editor:
Edmunds, David
Editor:
Wollenberg, Eva
Author:
Edmunds, David
Publisher:
Earthscan Publications
Subject:
China
Subject:
Forest policy
Subject:
Agriculture - Forestry
Subject:
Public Policy - Environmental Policy
Subject:
Environmental Engineering-Forestry
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.22x5.98x.64 in. .76 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Built around careful and illuminating case studies of the effects of devolution policies on the management of forests in several Asian countries, the studies demonstrate that, contrary to the aim of such policies, they increased governmental control over the management of local resources, and at lower cost. They also show that if genuine control is to be exercised by local resource users for their livelihoods, more has to be done to take their needs into account and to diversify the range of interests represented and the opportunities for creating livelihoods from the local resources.
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