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Lessons from Forest Decentralization: Money, Justice and the Quest for Good Governance in Asia-Pacific

Series: The Earthscan Forest Library (formerly The Earthscan Forestry Library)

By: Carol J Pierce Colfer (Editor), Ganga Ram Dahal (Editor), Doris Capistrano (Editor)

240 pages, illustrations, tables


Paperback | Feb 2014 | #212324 | ISBN-13: 9780415845618
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NHBS Price: £27.99 $34/€31 approx
Hardback | Mar 2008 | #173971 | ISBN-13: 9781844075553
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About this book

The decentralization of control over the vast forests of the world is moving at a rapid pace with both positive and negative ramifications for people and forests themselves. Fresh research from a host of Asia-Pacific countries presents rich and varied experience with decentralization and provides important lessons for other regions.

Beginning with historical and geographical overview chapters, Lessons from Forest Decentralization proceeds to more in-depth coverage in the region's countries. Research findings stress rights, roles and responsibilities on the one hand, and institutions including organization, capacity building, infrastructure and legal aspects on the other. With these overarching themes in mind, the authors take on many controversial topics and address practical challenges related to financing and reinvestment in sustainable forest management under decentralized governance. Particular efforts have been made to examine decentralization at various scales from local to national and to address gender issues. The result is a unique examination of decentralization issues in forestry with clear lessons for policy, social equity, forest management, research, development and conservation in forested areas across the globe from the tropics to temperate regions.


- Foreword
- Setting the Stage: Money and Justice in Asian and Pacific Forests
- From Decentralization to Governance - Recurring Issues
- Governance, Tenure and Equity in Asia-Pacific Forests
- A Different Vantage Point: Decentralization, Women's Organizing and Local Forest Management
- Community Forestry in Nepal: Decentralized Forest Governance
- Policies and Programme to Make Decentralization Effective: A Case Study from China
- Forest Fire Management and Autonomy in the Republic of Korea
- The Gap between Policy and Practice in Laos
- Consultative Planning for Effective Forest Governance: Case Studies from Malaysia and Indonesia
- Implementing Decentralization: Lessons from Indonesia
- Devolved and Decentralized Forest Management in the Philippines: Triggers and Constraints in Investments
- Household Economy and Decentralization of Forest Management in Vietnam
- Decentralization and Forest Governance in Asia and the Pacific: Trends, Lessons and Continuing Challenges

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Carol J. Pierce Colfer is Principal Scientist in the Governance Division of Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in Bogor, Indonesia. Ganga Ram Dahal is Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the Governance Division of CIFOR, in Bogor, Indonesia. Doris Capistrano is Director of Forests and Governance at CIFOR, Indonesia.

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