Key factors which influence the success of community forestry in developing countries

Baynes, Jack, Herbohn, John, Smith, Carl, Fisher, Robert and Bray, David (2015) Key factors which influence the success of community forestry in developing countries. Global Environmental Change, 35 226-238. doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.09.011

Author Baynes, Jack
Herbohn, John
Smith, Carl
Fisher, Robert
Bray, David
Title Key factors which influence the success of community forestry in developing countries
Journal name Global Environmental Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-3780
Publication date 2015-11-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.09.011
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 35
Start page 226
End page 238
Total pages 13
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Subject 2306 Global and Planetary Change
3305 Geography, Planning and Development
2303 Ecology
2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Abstract While community forestry has shown promise to reduce rural poverty, improve reforestation and potentially offset carbon emissions, many projects have failed, either partly or completely. In order to understand why community forestry succeeds or fails, we examined in detail the literature related to community forestry from three countries, Mexico, Nepal and the Philippines. We also drew on experiences in other countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa. We identified five main interconnected factors which the literature suggests are often critical to the success of community forestry. To integrate the many ways in which community forestry projects can improve the state of these factors, we use the concept of ‘bonding social capital’, i.e. communities’ ability to work together towards a common aim and ‘bridging social capital’, i.e. their ability to liaise with the outside world. To understand the interaction of the five success factors and the way in which improvements to bonding or bridging social capital may affect them, we developed a causal diagram which depicts the interrelationships between the success factors and the key points at which project inputs may be best applied. It is clear from our analysis that failing to appreciate both the complexity and interaction of the various influences may lead to project failure.
Keyword Community forestry
Social capital
Collective action
Intra-community governance
Causal diagram
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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