This brief paper presents basic background information on decentralization in Bolivia and the role of municipal governments in forest management. Then it provides some possible lessons from the Bolivian experience for Central America. In concludes that decentralization opens new opportunities for local participation but does not gurantee that participation will occur or that benefits will be share more equitably. Informal power relations can be more important than formal changes in laws. Decentralisation’s impact on the conservation of natural resources remains uncertain, with conflicting tendencies operating in both directions.
Topic: decentralization,forest management,natural resources
Publication Year: 1998
Source: Manejo decentralizado y colaborativo del medio ambiente en Centroamerica Workshop Proceedings. Memoria del encuentro realizado del 20 al 22 de abril de 1998 en San Jose, Costa Rica. 24-28