ISBN 9780761935483,Decentralization, Forests and Rural Communities : Policy Outcomes in Southeast Asia

Decentralization, Forests and Rural Communities : Policy Outcomes in Southeast Asia


Edward L Webb


SAGE India



SAGE India

Publication Year 2007

ISBN 9780761935483

ISBN-10 0761935487

Hard Back

Number of Pages 322 Pages
Language (English)


Asian societies are entering a new era of decentralized governance of forests. The authority to make decisions on forest management has shifted to lower levels of government and, in some cases, to the local people themselves. But can governments simply `decentralize` authority away from the center, or are there certain core elements necessary to achieve sustainable management and conservation of forests in a decentralized world? This book argues that policy solutions to resource dilemmas faced by forest-accessing rural communities must be flexible, and should allow for local dynamics and innovations to take place. Presenting case studies from Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam, this volume investigates how decentralization is affecting local stakeholders and their management of forest resources. Table of Contents Foreword by MARILYN W HOSKINS Preface by WILLIAM R BURCH, JNR Forest Policy as a Changing Context in Asia EDWARD L WEBB Decentralization and Community-Based Forestry: Learning from Experience ARUN AGRAWAL and ELINOR OSTROM The Evolution of Forest-Related Institutions in Bhutan: Adaptations of Local People to the Rising State EDWARD L WEBB and LAM DORJI Integrating Informal with Formal Forest Management Institutions for Sustainable Collective Action in India RUCHA GHATE and DEEPSHIKHA MEHRA Decentralization Policy and Revitalization of Local Institutions for Protected Area Co-management in West Sumatra, Indonesia YONARIZA and GANESH P SHIVAKOTI Evolution, Impacts and Challenges of Community-based Forestry Nepal AMBIKA P GAUTAM and GANESH P SHIVAKOTI Implications of Leasehold and Community Forestry for Poverty Alleviation MUKUNDA KARMACHARYA, BIRENDRA KARNA and ELINOR OSTROM Disentangling a Complex Web: Forests, People and Decentralization in Nepal HARINI NAGENDRA, MUKUNDA KARMACHARYA and BIRENDRA KARNA Evolution of Community-based Management and Forest Health in Northern Thailand: Case Study of Nahai and Huai-muang Villages in Sopsai Watershed, Thawangpa District, Nan Province NITAYA KIJTEWACHAKUL, GANESH P SHIVAKOTI and EDWARD L WEBB Incentives of the Forest Land Allocation Process: Implications for Forest Management in Nam Dong District, Central Vietnam NGO TRI DUNG and EDWARD L WEBB Facilitating Decentralized Policies for Sustainable Governance and Management of Forest Resources in Asia GANESH P SHIVAKOTI and ELINOR OSTROM Index