This chapter examines the hypothesis that sustainable forest management (as represented by currently good quality forest) is correlated with acknowledgement of the rights of concerned stakeholders to manage the forest. It used a pebble sorting method, designed to assess the allocation of rights to manage forests among stakeholders, in sites in Indonesia, Cameroon and Brazil. It concludes, guardedly, that greater management rights for local communities are related to sustainable forest management; though it reiterates authors concern that good forest quality in the present cannot in fact serve as a proxy for good forest management.
Topic: forest management,cooperative activities,social welfare,socioeconomic status,right of access
Publisher: Resources for the Future and CIFOR, Washington, DC
Publication Year: 2001
Source: Colfer, C.J.P., Byron, Y. (eds.) People managing forests: the links between human well-being and sustainability. 322-343