The Politics of Decentralizing National Parks Management in the Philippines

Dressler, W., Kull, A. and Meredith, C. (2006) The Politics of Decentralizing National Parks Management in the Philippines. Political Geography, 25 7: 789-816. doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2006.07.005

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Author Dressler, W.
Kull, A.
Meredith, C.
Title The Politics of Decentralizing National Parks Management in the Philippines
Journal name Political Geography   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0962-6298
Publication date 2006-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.polgeo.2006.07.005
Volume 25
Issue 7
Start page 789
End page 816
Total pages 28
Editor J. O'Loughlin
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Elsevier Ltd.
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
370302 Social and Cultural Anthropology
779902 Land and water management
050209 Natural Resource Management
Abstract International donors and state bureaucrats in the developing world have promoted decentralization reform as the primary means to achieve equitable, efficient and sustainable natural resource management. Relatively few studies, however, consider the power interests at stake. Why do state agencies decentralize power, what political patterns unfold, and how do outcomes affect the responses of resource users? This paper explores decentralization reform by investigating the political processes behind the Philippine state's decisions to transfer authority over national parks management to local government units. Drawing on a case of devolved management at Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Palawan Island, we examine how political motives situated at different institutional scales affect the broader process of decentralization, the structure of management institutions, and overall livelihood security. We demonstrate how power struggles between the Philippine state and City Government of Palawan over the right to manage the national park have impacted the livelihood support offered by community-based conservation. We conclude that decentralization may offer empowering resu
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