Forest devolution and government decentralization have increased community
control over forests. Remoteness, low literacy, and lack of formal planning
experience often leave forest communities unprepared for their new responsibilities.
Forest communities need to develop skills that allow them to establish goals and
make decisions transparently and democratically and to negotiate effectively with
other local actors if they are to become more proactive participants in local governance
processes. In Bolivia and Vietnam we tested four adaptations of scenario-based
methods to assist forest communities to develop these skills. This article reflects on
the strengths, limitations, and new applications of these methods. The methods
encourage participation by members who have little experience with structured
planning, including the most marginalized: women, elderly, and illiterate participants.
The methods are useful as planning tools, for generating records of decisionmaking
processes, and for preparing for negotiations between communities and local
Topic: decentralization,participatory rural appraisal,communities,community involvement,gender
Publication Year: 2010
Source: Society and Natural Resources 23(7): 604 - 619