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The Decentralization of Forest Governance: Politics, Economics and the Fight for Control of Forests in Indonesian Borneo

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

By: Moira Moeliono (Editor), Eva Wollenberg (Editor), Godwin Limberg (Editor)

307 pages, illustrations, tables


Paperback | Oct 2013 | #212320 | ISBN-13: 9780415853033
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Hardback | Sep 2008 | #175545 | ISBN-13: 9781844075867
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About this book

This powerful new book from leading experts provides an in-depth account of how trends towards increased local governance are shifting control over natural resource management from the state to local societies, and the implications of this control for social justice and the environment. The Decentralization of Forest Governance is based on ten years of work by a team of researchers in Malinau, Indonesian Borneo, one of the world's richest forest areas.

The first part of The Decentralization of Forest Governance lays the theoretical framework and larger context in which changes in state and society relations have occurred. Part two covers how the devolution process has occurred in Malinau, the policy context, struggles and conflicts, and how Malinau has organized itself. The third part looks at the broader issues of property relations, conflict, local governance and political participation associated with decentralization. It draws out the salient points for other international contexts including the greater prominence of cultural alliances, especially among ethnic minorities, and how ethnic minorities are finding new ways to influence forest policy in the world's richest forests.

"An absorbing set of accounts of locally based efforts to diagnose and come to grips with very difficult issues"
- Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies



Part I: Theoretical and Contextual Background
1: Between State and Society: Decentralization in Indonesia
2: The Geography of Malinau
3: The Cultural Politics of Collaboration to Control and Access Forest Resources in Malinau, East Kalimantan
4: Biodiversity, Landscapes and Livelihoods: A Local Perspective

Part II: Small-scale Timber Harvesting in Malinau
5: Impact of Small Timber Harvest Permits on Villages in the Malinau Watershed
6: Who, How and for What? Negotiations and Outcomes from IPPK Agreements between Communities and Brokers in Malinau
7: The Effect of IPPKs on Household Livelihoods in Malinau District, East Kalimantan
8: A Comparison of Damage Due to Logging under Different Forms of Resource Access in East Kalimantan, Indonesia
9: Tane? Olen as an Alternative for Forest Management: Further Developments in Setulang village, East Kalimantan

Part III: Other Developments Driven by Decentralization
10: Winners Take All: Understanding Forest Conflict in the Era of Decentralization in Indonesia
11: Tenure and Adat in Malinau
12: The Realpolitik of Village Representation and

13: New Experiments Shaping Government and Society Interactions
14: Riding the Rapids: Synthesis and Conclusion


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Moira Moeliono is Senior Scientist at the Governance Program, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor, Indonesia. Eva Wollenberg is Senior Associate and former Principal Scientist at the Governance Program, CIFOR and Director at the Center for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Vermont. Godwin Limberg is Consultant for CIFOR and former Field Coordinator of the Adaptive Collaborative Management project in Malinau, Indonesia. Published with CIFOR

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