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Mexico leads the world in community managment of forests for the commercial production of timber. Yet this success story is not widely known, even in Mexico, despite the fact that communities around the globe are increasingly involved in managing their own forest resources. To assess the achievements and shortcomings of Mexico's community forest management programs and to offer approaches that can be applied in other parts of the world, this book collects 14 articles that explore community forest management from historical, policy, economic, ecological, sociological, and political perspectives. The volume clearly establishes that the community forest sector in Mexico is large, diverse, and has achieved unusual maturity in doing what communities in the rest of the world are only beginning to explore: how to balance community income with forest conservation.
Acknowledgments; Part I: Introduction, History, and Policy; Community Managed in the Strong Sense of the Phrase: The Community Forest Enterprises of Mexico David Barton Bray, Leticia Merino-Perez, and Deborah Barry; Contested Terrain: Forestry Regimes and Community Responses in Northeastern Michoacan, 1940-2000 Christopher R. Boyer; Forest and Conservation Policies and Their Impact on Forest Communities in Mexico Leticia Merino-Perez and Gerardo Segura-Warnholtz; Challenges for Forest Certification and Community Forestry in Mexico; Patricia Gerez-Fernandez and Enrique Alatorre-Guzman; Part II: Social Processes and Community Forestry; Indigenous Community Forest Management in the Sierra Juarez, Oaxaca Francisco Chapela; Empowering Community-Based Forestry in Oaxaca: The Union of Forest Communities and Ejidos of Oaxaca, 1985-1996 Rodolfo Lopez-Arzola; New Organizational Strategies in Community Forestry in Durango, Mexico Peter Leigh Taylor; Community Adaptation or Collective Breakdown? The Emergence of "Work Groups" in Two Forestry Ejidos in Quintana Roo, Mexico Peter R. Wilshusen; Part III: Ecology and Land Use Change in Community Forestry; Ecological Issues in Community Tropical Forest Management in Quintana Roo, Mexico; Henricus F. M. Vester and Maria Angelica Navarro-Martinez; Land Use/Cover Change in Community-Based Forest Management Regions and Protected Areas in Mexico Elvira Duran-Medina, Jean-Francois Mas, and Alejandro Velazquez; Part IV: The Economics of Community Forestry ; Vertical Integration in the Community Forestry Enterprises of Oaxaca Camille Antinori; The Managerial Economics of Sustainable Community Forestry in Mexico: A Case Study of El Balcon, Tecpan, Guerrero Juan Manuel Torres-Rojo, Alejandro Guevara-Sangines, and David Barton Bray; Part V: Global Comparisons and Conclusions; The Global Significance of Mexican Community Forestry Dan Klooster and Shrinidhi Ambinakudige; Community Forestry in Mexico: Twenty Lessons Learned and Four Future Pathways David Barton Bray; Appendix: Acronyms Used; About the Contributors; Index