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Alliances for sustainable forest management: Lessons from the ecuadorian Chocó rain forest

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This chapter compares and contrasts two alliances that were formed and have developed over the last fifteen years in one of the most endangered 'hotspots of biodiversity', the Ecuadorian Choco rain forest. Both have actively promoted the sustainable forest management of remaining portions of the Chocó forest owned by indigenous communities. One alliance, a coalition of environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs), promotes the cooperative commercialisation of community timber and puts pressure on timber merchants to raise the price they pay to producers. The other refers to a company-community partnership, comprising a large forestry and wood-processing group which has joint ventures with a number of indigenous communities and which is now seeking green certification for its logging operations. Finally, the chapter presents the views of Chachi forest dwellers who feel that their basic economic needs, values and development aspirations have not been fully understood or attended by either of the alliances.

Keywords: Afro-Ecuadorian communities; Chachi forest dwellers; company-community partnership; Ecuadorian Chocó rain forest; Esmeraldas; non-governmental organisations (NGOs); Northwest Ecuador; Quintana Roo model; sustainable forest management; Sustainable Use of Biological Resources (SUBIR)



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