224 pages, Tabs
This text is built around case studies of the effects of devolution policies on the management of forests in several Asian countries. The studies show that, contrary to the aim of such policies, they increased governmental control over the management of local resources, and at lower cost. They also demonstrate 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.
'This is an important book. Devolution of responsibility and authority for forest management has become a worldwide trend in forest policy. This book presents a well-documented and well-argued case showing that devolution often has the opposite effect from that intended, resulting in a decrease in local control over resources rather than an increase. This is very challenging to those of us who are advocates of local forest management and it is to be hoped that the response is one of constructive debate combined with attempts for more focused implementation of devolution policies' R J FISHER, Australian Mekong Resource Centre, University of Sydney
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