Shifting the Balance

Roger D. Stone

in Tropical Forests and the Human Spirit

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520217997
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936072 | DOI:
Shifting the Balance

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This chapter presents various suggestions for involving local communities in forest conservation. The process of implementing the shift to community management of forests may depend on the legal and constitutional intricacies, cultures, and traditions of the individual countries. Steps such as establishing a solid legal framework for community empowerment, strengthening laws that promote the conservation and sustainable management of forest ecosystems, conferring tenurial rights on local communities, and setting up multidisciplinary research and training centers for forest management can go a long way in strengthening local participation. The governments should also redirect the attention of their forest departments from local people toward the illegal loggers, who are basically responsible for most of the forest problems. They should also curb the wasteful and highly inefficient forms of logging, whereas the private-sector logging companies should establish commercial partnerships with local-community organizations by providing sustainable small-scale community-based commercial-logging efforts.

Keywords: forest conservation; community management; community empowerment; forest management; logging; commercial logging

Chapter.  6810 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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