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Simple criteria and indicators to uncover and negotiate local perceptions on sustainability

Simple criteria and indicators to uncover and negotiate local perceptions on sustainability

Simple Criteria and Indicators (C&I – to be read as C and Is) can be used to help forest people express their view on sustainability. Three main findings characterize local perceptions: a) The natural and social worlds are intertwined, confirming environmental services as elements of well-being; b) The C&I often express lacking factors, uncertainties and apprehensions, thus they are naturally dynamic, and could be efficient as tools to monitor and evaluate social changes; c) The variability of interests and motivations of different social groups that make up a community is mitigated by a convergence of vision related to social capital, land security, resource management, and quality of life. The authors conclude that prior identification of the C&I through a systematic process will allow development projects to be more adapted to communities’ specific needs and to increase community support and involvement.

Authors: Tiani, A.M.; Charancle, J-M. B.

Topic: local population,social participation,interest groups,forest management,sustainability,social welfare,criteria and indicators

Publication Year: 2007

ISSN: 1472-8028

Source: Forests, Trees and Livelihoods 17(1): 3-21

DOI: 10.1080/14728028.2007.9752578

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