424 pages, Illus
The devastating environmental effects of deforestation and the exploitation of other natural resources in the developing world have been well documented, yet their impact on local communities has received far less attention. This volume aims to fill this gap by looking at how land degradation and deforestation are being addressed at the local level, where households have experienced the reduction of farm size and the decline of natural resources. Through a comparison of Asia and Africa, the book examines the evolution of land tenure institutions within diverse cultural, natural and policy environments. Specific topics include the evolution of customary land tenure, the impacts of land tenure policies, and common property management. The editors conclude that the best strategy for managing land and forest resources lies in promoting the establishment of property rights and investment in the improvement of the natural resource base.
This is an ambitious book that should be of interest to economists as well as sociologists interested in development, agro-forestry, and institutions... a valuable contribution to the literature on property rights and natural resources management. -- Laura McCann Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics The book is the first comprehensive and comprehensible analysis of natural resource management based on simple quantitative tools... It has beautifully and elegantly captured the impact of systems of land, tree, and forest management and property right regimes on natural resource management as relevant under different situations. -- Ramesh Chand The Developing Economies 2003
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