People and Forests: Communities, Institutions, and Governance

Paperback | June 9, 2000

EditorClark C. Gibson, Margaret A. Mckean, Elinor Ostrom

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Unplanned deforestation, which is occurring at unsustainable rates in many parts of the world, can cause significant hardships for rural communities by destroying critical stocks of fuel, fodder, food, and building materials. It can also have profound regional and global consequences by contributing to biodiversity loss, erosion, floods, lowered water tables, and climate change.People and Forests explores the complex interactions between local communities and their forests. It focuses on the rules by which communities govern and manage their forest resources. As part of the International Forestry Resources and Institutions research program, each of the contributors employs the same systematic, comparative, and interdisciplinary methods to examine why some people use their forests sustainably while others do not. The case studies come from fieldwork in Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Nepal, and Uganda.People and Forests offers policymakers a sophisticated view of local forest management from which to develop policy options and offers biophysical and social scientists a better understanding of the linkages between residents, local institutions, and forests.Contributors : Arun Agrawal, Abwoli Y. Banana, C. Dustin Becker, Clark C. Gibson, William Gombya-Ssembajjwe, Rosario Leon, Margaret A. McKean, Elinor Ostrom, Charles M. Schweik, George Varughese, Mary Beth Wertime.

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Unplanned deforestation can cause significant hardships for rural communities by destroying crucial stocks of fuel, food and building materials. People and Forests examines the interactions between local communities and their forests and the rules used to manage their resources in such places as Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Nepal and Ugand...

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Unplanned deforestation, which is occurring at unsustainable rates in many parts of the world, can cause significant hardships for rural communities by destroying critical stocks of fuel, fodder, food, and building materials. It can also have profound regional and global consequences by contributing to biodiversity loss, erosion, flood...

Clark C. Gibson is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. Elinor Ostrom is Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science, Codirector of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University, and Codirector of the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:298 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:June 9, 2000Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0262571374

ISBN - 13:9780262571371

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Unplanned deforestation can cause significant hardships for rural communities by destroying crucial stocks of fuel, food and building materials. People and Forests examines the interactions between local communities and their forests and the rules used to manage their resources in such places as Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Nepal and Uganda. As part of the International Forestry Resources and Institutions research program, the contributors employ the same systematic methods to examine why some people use their forests sustainably while others do not. Editors Clark C. Gibson, Margaret A. McKean and Elinor Ostrom offer a sophisticated view of local forest management useful for policymakers.