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The Politics of Decentralization: Forests, Power and People


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

By: Carol J Pierce Colfer(Editor), Doris Capistrano(Editor)

322 pages, illustrations, tables


Paperback | Mar 2016 | #226836 | ISBN-13: 9781138995109
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Hardback | Dec 2005 | #153048 | ISBN: 1844072053
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Decentralization is sweeping the world and having dramatic and far-reaching impacts on resource management and livelihoods, particularly in forestry. The Politics of Decentralization is the most up-to-date examination of the themes, experiences and lessons learned from decentralization worldwide. Drawing on research and support from all of the major international forestry and conservation organizations, The Politics of Decentralization provides a balanced account that covers the impact of decentralization on resource management worldwide and provides comparative global insights with wide implications for policy, management, conservation and resource use and planning. This is state-of-the-art coverage of the critical issue of decentralization, vital for practitioners, academics and policy-makers across forestry and the full spectrum of natural resource management.

"Around the world, people are struggling to find ways to get local governments and communities more involved in managing their own forests, while still protecting national and global interest. It is not easy. Some of the sharpest thinkers, movers and shakers concerned with this issue share their own experiences and understanding in this volume, which is right there on the cutting edge. Not to be missed!"
– David Kaimowitz, Director General, CIFOR

"Addresses a burning global issue in forest management – how can we devolve appropriate levels of authority over forests more equitably and effectively? Based on the rich experience and insightful analysis of researchers and policy makers, this timely volume, written in accessible language, combines theory and practice [and] is required reading for policy makers and students alike"
– Jagmohan S. Maini, OC

"[Written by] [...] a distinguished group of scholars studying decentralization in all parts of the world. Readers will appreciate finding such definitive studies all within one cover. An important book on an important subject"
– Elinor Ostrom, Co-Director, Center for the Study of Institutions, Population and Environmental Change (CIPEC), Indiana University


- Forest Governance in Federal Systems: An Overview of Experiences and Implications for Decentralization
- Democratic Decentralization in the Forestry Sector: Lessons Learned from Africa, Asia and Latin America
- Paths and Pitfalls of Decentralization for Sustainable Forest Management: Experiences of the Asia Pacific Region
- Choosing Representation: Institutions and Powers for Decentralized Natural Resources Management
- The Experience of the Food and Agriculture Organization with Decentralization in the Forest Sector
- Implications for Biodiversity Conservation of Decentralized Forest Resources Management

- Decentralization of the Forestry Sector: Indonesia's Experience
- Forests and Decentralization in Switzerland: A Sampling
- Decentralization of Forest Management in Bolivia: Who Benefits and Why?
- Decentralization and Forest Management in Uganda
- Decentralization of Federal Forestry Systems in Ghana
- The Push-Me, Pull-You of Forest Devolution in Scotland
- Main Features of Russia's Forest Management System
- Forest Resources Decision-Making in the US

- Decentralized Natural Resources Management in the Chiredzi District of Zimbabwe: Voices from the Ground
- Decentralizing Protected Area Management at Mount Kitanglad
- State, Forest and Community: Decentralization of Forest Administration in Guatemala
- Decentralization: Issues, Lessons and Reflections

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Carol J. Pierce Colfer is a Principal Scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Doris Capistrano is a Program Director and resource economist at CIFOR.

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