Since 1990, Central African States have made profound natural resource policy reforms.
One of the main orientations of these reforms is known today as the decentralization of
forest management processes within a long lasting context of complex political ecology. This essay examines the effects of this policy change on livelihoods and forest sustainability. It shows that contrary to what was planned by policy-makers and what was expounded by several theorists, decentralization in forest management and related financial benefits is not yet synonymous with the improvement of livelihoods, poverty reduction, and environmental sustainability. On the ground, there are, by and large, very few positive socio-economic outcomes. In conclusion, the author proposes some enabling conditions for an effective link between decentralization and improved livelihood.
Topic: decentralization,forest management,policy,change,livelihoods,improvement,conferences
Geographic: Central Africa
Publisher: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Ethiopia with other stakeholders, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Publication Year: 2007
Source: Kelbessa, E. and De Stoop, C. (eds.) Participatory forest management (PFM), biodiversity and livelihoods in Africa: proceedings of the International Conference 19-21 March 2007, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 19-35 [online] URL: http://www.pfmp-farmsos.org/Docs/p