People, power and timber: The politics of community-based forest management

Pulhin, Juan M. and Dressler, Wolfram H. (2009) People, power and timber: The politics of community-based forest management. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, 91 1: 206-214. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2009.08.007

Author Pulhin, Juan M.
Dressler, Wolfram H.
Title People, power and timber: The politics of community-based forest management
Journal name JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-4797
Publication date 2009-10
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jenvman.2009.08.007
Volume 91
Issue 1
Start page 206
End page 214
Total pages 9
Editor A. Gill
Place of publication U.K.
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
960604 Environmental Management Systems
05 Environmental Sciences
050205 Environmental Management
Abstract The potential of devolved conservation to empower people, reduce poverty and protect forest resources has yet to be realized in much of the developing world. This is particularly evident in the Philippines where the central state paradoxically recentralizes political power through devolution at the policy, program and project level in forest management. We investigate how centralized state power emanates through devolved networks to affect the success of local timber utilization involving community-based forest management (CBFM) on Mindanao Island, the southern Philippines. By examining broader shifts from centralized to devolved forest management, results suggest that centralized political power continues to control and adversely affect local uses of timber through CBFM. We discuss how in the process of state authorities recentralizing devolved rights and responsibility over timber management, community-based logging operations were threatened but sustained by members relying on community- based structures and their own capabilities. The conclusion asserts that broader state processes of devolving power over timber management remains constrained by political motives and interests and so largely fails to fulfill the objectives of community-based forest management.
Keyword Political power
Timber utilization
Devolved forest management
Community-based forest management
The Philippines
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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