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The book is immensely beneficial to the readers to have a clear understanding of Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) practices prevailing in Bangladesh.Providing a comprehensive and critical analysis of success stories concerning several CBFM practices in different forest areas of Bangladesh, together with their respective strengths and weaknesses, it identifies sharing authority to take decision by the community as one of the main weaknesses. The other main weakness is the lack of beat level authority to coordinate with community for making the process vibrant. Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) in Bangladesh determines that it is the community patrol group which is most effective under the co-management system, yet the general body and executive committee of the co-management system are composed of different stakeholders, each of which is subject to their own work pressures, and are not as effective as claimed. There is a need to empower communities living in and around forests, and to create ownership of the forests so that they can feel that the forests around them are by the community and for the community.
- Introduction, Aims and Outline
- The CBFM in Bangladesh: A Historical Background
- Betagi-Pomra Community Forestry (CF): 35 Years of Pioneer CBFM in Bangladesh
- Co-management of Protected Areas (PA): A paradigm Shift in PA Management
- The Village Common Forest (VCF): Community Driven Forest Conservation in Chittagong Hill Tracts
- Community Participation in Agroforestry Development: Lessons Learned from a Collaborative Research Project
- Towards Sustainability of Community Based Forest Management
Tapan Kumar Nath is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. His work focuses on collaborative natural resources management, livelihood analysis, project monitoring, and evaluation. His on-going research focuses on the environmental ethics of peat swamp forests, community-managed urban forests and participatory agroforestry. He has led several national and international research projects, and has authored, co-authored and edited numerous publications including Monoculture Farming: Global Practices, Ecological Impact and Benefits/Drawbacks (2016).
Mohammed Jashimuddin is a Professor of Forestry and Environmental Sciences at the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. His research interests include land use and policy analysis, tropical forest management, people-oriented forestry, co-management, ecotourism, monitoring and evaluation of forestry development projects based on realities in the field, land use, and forest and environment policy science. He has led national and international research projects, and provided consultancy services for development projects. He has authored Drivers of Land Use Change and Policy Analysis in Bangladesh: Theory and Policy Recommendations (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2011) and co-authored the book chapter "Do the Changes of Policy Ensure Good Forest Governance? Case of Community Forestry in Bangladesh" in Multi-level Forest Governance in Asia: Concepts, Challenges and the Way Forward (SAGE Publications, 2015).
Makoto Inoue is Professor of Forest Environmental Studies at the University of Tokyo, Japan. His specialty is common-pool resource governance to reflect realities in the field and combining sociology, and anthropology as well as forest policy science perspectives. He has led international research projects and edited books such as People and Forest: Policy and Local Reality in Southeast Asia, the Russian Far East, and Japan (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003), Collaborative Governance of Forests: Towards Sustainable Forest Resource Utilization (University of Tokyo Press, 2015), and Multi-level Forest Governance in Asia: Concepts, Challenges and the Way Forward (SAGE Publications, 2015).