The Community Forests of Mexico: Managing for Sustainable Landscapes by David Barton Bray

The Community Forests of Mexico: Managing for Sustainable Landscapes

EditorDavid Barton Bray, Leticia Merino-Pérez, Deborah Barry

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Mexico leads the world in community management of forests for the commercial production of timber. Yet this success story is not widely known, even in Mexico, despite the fact that communities around the globe are increasingly involved in managing their own forest resources. To assess the achievements and shortcomings of Mexico's community forest management programs and to offer approaches that can be applied in other parts of the world, this book collects fourteen articles that explore community forest management from historical, policy, economic, ecological, sociological, and political perspectives.

The contributors to this book are established researchers in the field, as well as many of the important actors in Mexico's nongovernmental organization sector. Some articles are case studies of community forest management programs in the states of Michoacán, Oaxaca, Durango, Quintana Roo, and Guerrero. Others provide broader historical and contemporary overviews of various aspects of community forest management. As a whole, this volume clearly establishes that the community forest sector in Mexico is large, diverse, and has achieved unusual maturity in doing what communities in the rest of the world are only beginning to explore: how to balance community income with forest conservation. In this process, Mexican communities are also managing for sustainable landscapes and livelihoods.

About The Author

DAVID BARTON BRAY is Professor of Environmental Studies and Director, Institute for Sustainability Science in Latin America and the Caribbean, at Florida International University in Miami.LETICIA MERINO-PÉREZ is a faculty member of the Institute of Social Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.DEBORAH BARRY is a progr...
The Community Forests of Mexico: Managing for Sustainable Landscapes
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Title:The Community Forests of Mexico: Managing for Sustainable LandscapesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:390 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:August 1, 2009Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsPart I: Introduction, History, and PolicyChapter 1: Community Managed in the Strong Sense of the Phrase: The Community Forest Enterprises of MexicoDavid Barton Bray, Leticia Merino-Pérez, and Deborah BarryChapter 2: Contested Terrain: Forestry Regimes and Community Responses in Northeastern Michoacán, 1940-2000Christopher R. BoyerChapter 3: Forest and Conservation Policies and Their Impact on Forest Communities in MexicoLeticia Merino-Pérez and Gerardo Segura-WarnholtzChapter 4: Challenges for Forest Certification and Community Forestry in MexicoPatricia Gerez-Fernández and Enrique Alatorre-GuzmánPart II: Social Processes and Community ForestryChapter 5: Indigenous Community Forest Management in the Sierra Juárez, OaxacaFrancisco ChapelaChapter 6: Empowering Community-Based Forestry in Oaxaca: The Union of Forest Communities and Ejidos of Oaxaca, 1985-1996Rodolfo López-ArzolaChapter 7: New Organizational Strategies in Community Forestry in Durango, MexicoPeter Leigh TaylorChapter 8: Community Adaptation or Collective Breakdown? The Emergence of "Work Groups" in Two Forestry Ejidos in Quintana Roo, MexicoPeter R. WilshusenPart III: Ecology and Land Use Change in Community ForestryChapter 9: Ecological Issues in Community Tropical Forest Management in Quintana Roo, MexicoHenricus F. M. Vester and María Angélica Navarro-MartínezChapter 10: Land Use/Cover Change in Community-Based Forest Management Regions and Protected Areas in MexicoElvira Durán-Medina, Jean-François Mas, and Alejandro VelázquezPart IV: The Economics of Community ForestryChapter 11: Vertical Integration in the Community Forestry Enterprises of Oaxaca Camille AntinoriChapter 12: The Managerial Economics of Sustainable Community Forestry in Mexico: A Case Study of El Balcón, Técpan, GuerreroJuan Manuel Torres-Rojo, Alejandro Guevara-Sanginés, and David Barton BrayPart V: Global Comparisons and ConclusionsChapter 13: The Global Significance of Mexican Community ForestryDan Klooster and Shrinidhi AmbinakudigeChapter 14: Community Forestry in Mexico: Twenty Lessons Learned and Four Future PathwaysDavid Barton BrayAppendix: Acronyms UsedAbout the ContributorsIndex

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This is an important and comprehensive book that is timely, original, and of uniformly high quality. There is relatively little familiarity outside of Mexico with the incredibly rich experience of community forest management there. Certainly no comprehensive review such as this book exists that covers so many aspects of the subject. . . . The book will appeal to scholars from both social and biophysical sciences interested in forest management and in broader conservation and development issues. - Marianne Schmink, Director of the Center for Latin American Studies Tropical Conservation and Development Program, University of Florida