Our Forest, Your Ecosystem, Their Timber: Communities, Conservation, and the State in Community-Based Forest Management

Our Forest, Your Ecosystem, Their Timber: Communities, Conservation, and the State in Community-Based Forest Management

by Nicholas K. Menzies
     
 

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Community-based forest management (CBFM) is a model of forest management in which a community takes part in decision making and implementation, and monitoring of activities affecting the natural resources around them. CBFM provides a framework for a community members to secure access to the products and services that flow from the landscape in which they live and

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Community-based forest management (CBFM) is a model of forest management in which a community takes part in decision making and implementation, and monitoring of activities affecting the natural resources around them. CBFM provides a framework for a community members to secure access to the products and services that flow from the landscape in which they live and has become an essential component of any comprehensive approach to forest management.

In this volume, Nicholas K. Menzies looks at communities in China, Zanzibar, Brazil, and India where, despite differences in landscape, climate, politics, and culture, common challenges and themes arise in making a transition from forest management by government agencies to CBFM. The stories of these four distinct places highlight the difficulties communities face when trying to manage their forests and negotiate partnerships with others interested in forest management, such as the commercial forest sector or conservation and environmental organizations. These issues are then considered against a growing body of research concerning what constitutes successful CBFM.

Drawing on published and unpublished case studies, project reports, and his own rich experience, Menzies analyzes how CBFM fits into the broader picture of the management of natural resources, highlighting the conditions that bring about effective practices and the most just and equitable stewardship of resources. A critical companion for students, researchers, and practitioners, Our Forest, Your Ecosystem, Their Timber provides a singular resource on the emergence and evolution of CBFM.

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Editorial Reviews

British Ecological Society Bulletin - Peter Thomas
This book makes for compelling reading and will be useful to ecologists and other scientists through to anthropologists and political scientists.

The Quarterly Review of Biology - Alaka Wali
This excellent volume should be required reading for everyone working in forest conservation or resource management.

Human Ecology - Marianne Schmink
Well-written, thoughtful... [An] authoritative volume.

British Ecological Society Bulletin
This book makes for compelling reading and will be useful to ecologists and other scientists through to anthropologists and political scientists.

— Peter Thomas

The Quarterly Review of Biology
This excellent volume should be required reading for everyone working in forest conservation or resource management.

— Alaka Wali

Human Ecology
Well-written, thoughtful... [An] authoritative volume.

— Marianne Schmink

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231510233
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
08/21/2012
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NOOK Book
Pages:
280
File size:
21 MB
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What People are saying about this

J. Gabriel Lopez
Our Forest, Your Ecosystem, Their Timber successfully highlights the many challenges and complexities of community-based natural resource management from around the world. This book is very well researched and the case studies are textured, rich in detail, and remarkably diverse. Beyond his sound analysis and practical recommendations, one senses Menzies' deep commitment to the people and communities he is writing about.

Frances Seymour
Nicholas K. Menzies has assembled a vast amount of material in this book, which will appeal to anyone working in the field of community forestry. Menzies's analysis makes clear that communities seeking to reassert control over forests have many steep hills to climb; nevertheless, he provides a sufficient number of success stories to leave the reader with a sense of hope for the future.

Janet Sturgeon
Nick Menzies is one of those rare scholars who bridges the applied/academic divide. Our Forest, Your Ecosystem, Their Timber is largely based on his experience as a Ford Foundation program officer in Beijing and Nairobi, when he was funding programs in community based natural resource management. Additionally, the book draws on the academic literature from political ecology that interrogates the meanings of community, 'natural' resources, property rights, and sustainability. These rich and sophisticated casestudies explore how and why outside-sponsored CBNRM hardly ever works out as planned, and the ways in which planners and community activists need to think differently about both communities and resources. The book is a tremendous contribution to scholars and activists alike, and will be a 'must read' in courses on natural resources management at graduate and undergraduate levels in environmental studies, geography, anthropology, and political science.

Christine Padoch
This book successfully combines original research contributions with an excellent compilation, evaluation, and discussion of the available literature. Nicholas K. Menzies has extensive knowledge of the subject and gives great historical depth to his discussion.

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Meet the Author

Nicholas K. Menzies is assistant director of the Asia Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is the author of Forest and Land Management in Imperial China and author of the forestry section of Science and Civilisation in China. Menzies has a degree in Chinese Studies from Cambridge University (UK) and a Ph.D. in Wildland Resource Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He has worked on issues concerning communities and forest resources management with the Mountain Institute in Tibet and with the Ford Foundation in China and East Africa.

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