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Indigenous Forestry

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

Indigenous forestry started getting recognition after the failure of state-dominated forestry, which excluded historical forestry management by indigenous and local communities. Indigenous forestry is defined as an approach that sees local indigenous forestry users as taking a central role in how their resources are managed and used. The indigenous forestry approach contrasts with conventional or scientific forestry, which brings in outside knowledge that indigenous people are then forced to use in planning, management, and use of their forests. Globally, there have been moves toward incorporating the interests of indigenous forest communities in Africa's Congo Basin, in the Amazon forest, and in southeast Asia.

The adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2007 has further highlighted ...

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