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Our Forest, Your Ecosystem, their Timber: Communities, Conservation, and the State in Community-Based Forest Management

By: Nicholas K Menzies

320 pages, 10 illus

Columbia University Press

Hardback | Jun 2007 | #165400 | ISBN-13: 9780231136921
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Community-based forest management (CBFM) has become an essential component of any comprehensive approach to forest management that seeks to address the conflicting claims of different interests on forest ecosystems. In this volume, Nicholas Menzies looks at communities in China, Zanzibar, Brazil, and India where, despite differences in landscape, climate, politics, and culture, common challenges and themes arise in the shift from government forest management to CBFM. Menzies draws on published and unpublished case studies, project reports, and his own rich experience in his analysis of how CBFM fits into the broader picture of the sustainable management of natural resources. A critical companion for students, researchers, and practitioners, Our Forest, Your Ecosystem, Their Timber provides a singular resource on the emergence and evolution of CBFM.

This book makes for compelling reading and will be useful to ecologists and other scientists through to anthropologists and political scientists. -- Peter Thomas British Ecological Society Bulletin 38 (4) This excellent volume should be required reading for everyone working in forest conservation or resource management. -- Alaka Wali The Quarterly Review of Biology 3/1/2008 Well-written, thoughtful... [An] authoritative volume. -- Marianne Schmink Human Ecology (2008) 36:449-451

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NICHOLAS K. MENZIES is program associate with the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment in Taylorsville, California. He is the author of Forest Land Management in Imperial China and coauthor of Science and Civilisation in China.

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