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Lessons from international community forestry networks

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Forests have been a globalised resource for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Community forestry has transformed over the past twenty-five years from being an experimental means of providing wood fuel to the rural poor to a community-led movement demanding fundamental reforms of the forestry sector. Numerous and extensive international networks advocating community forestry seek to promote new community forestry techniques as well as wider international and national legal and policy reforms. Paying particular attention to cases in Latin America, this chapter addresses the question of how effective these networks have been in linking with communities and social movements, and what we can learn from their experiences. It shows that these networks face various challenges, the largest being the degree to which they are linked and accountable to communities. Monolingual communication, over-reliance on e-mail communication and donor dependency are among the main causes of these weak links.

Keywords: community forestry; international networks; Latin America; social movements



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