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Collaborative Governance of Tropical Landscapes

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

By: Carol J Pierce Colfer(Editor), Jean-Laurent Pfund(Editor)

285 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables


Paperback | Nov 2014 | #212318 | ISBN-13: 9780415846653
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Hardback | Dec 2010 | #187511 | ISBN-13: 9781849711777
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About this book

Collaborative Governance of Tropical Landscapes provides a novel approach to governance relating to biodiversity and human well-being in complex tropical landscapes, including forests and protected areas. It focuses attention at the interface between communities and the landscape level, building on interdisciplinary research conducted in five countries (Cameroon, Indonesia, Laos, Madagascar and Tanzania). In each country, the research was set within the framework of a major national policy thrust.

Collaborative Governance of Tropical Landscapes improves our understanding of and ability to manage complex landscapes – mosaics of differing land uses – in a more adaptive and collaborative way that benefits both the environment and local communities. It includes both single country and cross-site analyses, and focuses on themes, such as resettlement, land use planning, non-timber forest product use and management, the disconnect between customary and formal legal systems, and the role of larger scale policies in local level realities. Chapters also analyze experience with monitoring and a local governance assessment tool. The work also provides guidance for those interested in management and governance at lower and intermediate levels (village, district), scales likely to grow in importance in the global effort to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

"This book provides extremely valuable examples of the problems facing the governance of tropical forests. More importantly it details how these challenges might be resolved. It will help researchers, managers and policy-makers see beyond the rhetoric to concrete actions."
– John Innes, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia

"This volume represents a sobering 'reality check' for those hoping for quick improvement in forest governance – not least in the interest of climate change mitigation and adaptation – through collaborative research and action bridging local communities and state actors."
– Frances Seymour, Director General, CIFOR

"In this book arising from carefully coordinated research in five countries, Carol Colfer, Jean-Laurent Pfund and their research collaborators explore the complex, muddled realities of landscape governance with honesty and evident empathy for rural communities. That they produce no simple recommendations is no surprise – but their conclusions are thoughtful, and the path to them full of local insights."
– Jane Carter, Intercooperation – Swiss Foundation for Development and International Cooperation

"The book argues argue that involving local people is critical to addressing global climate change and alerts readers to some of the recurrent realities encountered in such efforts"
Anthropology News

" [...] the overall topic of this book 'collaborative governance of landscapes' combines two currently very important aspects of natural resource management that need further and continuing understanding worldwide. [...] good insights could be gained from this multi-country study and from some of the practical examples and guidance described in this book."
– Lea M. Scherl, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management


1. An Introduction to Five Tropical Landscapes, Their People and Their Governance
Carol J. Pierce Colfer and Jean-Laurent Pfund, with Etienne Andriamampandry, Stella Asaha, Amandine Boucard, Manuel Boissiere, Laurene Feintrenie, Verina Ingram, Emmanuel Lyimo, Endri Martini, Salla Rantala, Michelle Roberts, Terry Sunderland, Zora Lea Urech, Heini Vihemaki, Vongvilai Vongkhamsao and John Daniel Watts

2. The Governance of Tropical Forested Landscapes
John Daniel Watts with Carol J. Pierce Colfer

3. Role of the District Government in Directing Landscape Dynamics and People's Futures: Lessons Learnt from Bungo District, in Jambi Province
Laurene Feintrenie and Endri Martini

4. Information Flows, Decision Making and Social Acceptability in Displacement Processes
John Daniel Watts, Heini Vihemaki, Manuel Boissiere and Salla Rantala

5. Changing Landscapes, Transforming Institutions: Local Management of Natural Resources in the East Usambara Mountains, Tanzania
Salla Rantala and Emmanuel Lyimo

6. Traditional Use of Forest Fragments in Manompana, Madagascar
Zora Lea Urech, Mihajamanana Rabenilalana, Jean-Pierre Sorg and Hans Rudolf Felber

7. The Role of Wild Species in Governance of Tropical Forested Landscapes
Bronwen Powell, John Daniel Watts, Stella Asaha, Amandine Boucard, Laurene Feintrenie, Emmanuel Lyimo, Jacqueline Sunderland-Groves and Zora Lea Urech

8. Governance and NTFP Chains in the Takamanda-Mone Landscape, Cameroon
Verina Ingram, Stella Asaha, Terry Sunderland and Alexander Tajoacha

9. A Dozen Indicators for Assessing Governance in Forested Landscapes
Carol J. Pierce Colfer and Laurene Feintrenie

10. Minefields in Collaborative Governance
Carol J. Pierce Colfer with Ettiene Andriamampandry, Stella Asaha, Imam Basuki, Amandine Boucard, Laurene Feintrenie, Verina Ingram, Michelle Roberts, Terry Sunderland and Zora Lea Urech

11. The Essential Task of 'Muddling Through' to Better Landscape Governance
Carol J. Pierce Colfer, Jean-Laurent Pfund and Terry Sunderland

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Carol J. Pierce Colfer, PhD, MPH, is an anthropologist, a Senior Associate at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR, Bogor, Indonesia), and a Visiting Scholar at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York). Much of her recent research has focused on governance and health in tropical forested areas. She has also recently published a ethnographic monograph documenting thirty years of research on the Uma' Jalan Kenyah of Indonesian Borneo.

Jean-Laurent Pfund, PhD is a Forester and a Senior Scientist at CIFOR, Indonesia. He has long experience with the people and forests of Madagascar and led the research project from which this book derives.

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