Governing anti-conservation sentiments: Forest politics in Laos

Singh, Sarinda (2009) Governing anti-conservation sentiments: Forest politics in Laos. Human Ecology, 37 6: 749-760. doi:10.1007/s10745-009-9276-8

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Author Singh, Sarinda
Title Governing anti-conservation sentiments: Forest politics in Laos
Journal name Human Ecology
ISSN 0300-7839
Publication date 2009-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10745-009-9276-8
Volume 37
Issue 6
Start page 749
End page 760
Total pages 12
Editor Daniel G. Bates
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Commonwealth Human Ecology Council
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
1601 Anthropology
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Abstract In many developing countries, conservation is regarded in a negative manner and this supports critical framings of conservation as a form of government or imperialism. This article examines debates about conservation and forests in Laos, and in particular, at the site of the World Bank supported Nam Theun 2 hydropower project that has featured prominently in international and national critiques of conservation. In Laos, foreign-driven conservation initiatives have at times challenged nationwide aspirations for development. But a fuller understanding of Lao concerns requires attention not only to international interventions, but also to perspectives of forests and management of these resources by the Lao state. Most significantly, a widely shared idea of foreign conservation as opposed to Lao development is used to elide the emergent competition between the state and rural villagers over forest resources. Anti-conservation sentiments, like their converse, can thus be used as strategies of government.
Keyword Forests
State authority
Nam Theun 2
World Bank
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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