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Community Forestry

  • By: Carl Wilmsen
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Community forestry is collective management of forests by local residents, often in collaboration with diverse interests that have competing claims on forest resources, to enhance community well-being and improve forest health. It entails reconfiguring relationships between communities, the state, and other groups that claim rights to ownership and the benefits of forest management. The goal is to rectify the negative environmental and social impacts of industrial-scale forestry, which has often had significant backing from the state. Although community forestry is intended to build the capacity of communities to steward natural resources and have a voice in their own affairs, it faces challenges in enabling broad and meaningful participation, defining community, and sustainable forest management.

Participation and Building Community Capacities

Colonial administration of forestlands in developing countries ...

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