A Fair Share? Sharing the benefits and costs of collaborative forest management

Sango Mahanty, John Guernier, Yurdi Yasmi

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    Abstract

    Collaborative Forest Management (CFM) has attracted significant attention in Asia in recent years, with around 25 percent of forests currently outside direct State management. Advocates of CFM suggest that it has the potential to achieve sustainable forest management in a way that improves the welfare of the rural poor. Whether this potential is realised in practice largely depends on the type and scale of benefits created through CFM relative to costs, whether communities are able to secure any of these, and how they are distributed locally. This paper provides an overview of benefit sharing from community-managed forests in Asia based on a recent joint initiative of some key international CFM support organisations. The paper examines why the flow of benefits from community-managed forests to local actors is lower than it could be, highlighting institutional and policy constraints that need to be addressed for this to change, as well as the role and arrangement of community-level governance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)268-280
    JournalInternational Forestry Review
    Volume11
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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