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Partnerships for sustainable timber production in Trinidad: Dealing with social and ecological dynamics

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This chapter, which draws from the author's larger work on science and policy around forest and environment in Trinidad, traces the development of Trinidad’s periodic block system (PBS) both as a system for managing forest ecology, and as a system of social relationships. First the PBS iconises a form of scientific professionalism in forestry, which has long been central to the Forestry Division’s image and claims to institutional authority within Trinidad, and is increasingly so as to multiply conservation-focused institutions compete for national and international funds and attention. Second, the PBS is a means to justify the continued use of state forest reserves for timber production against critical NGOs and others who would prefer them devoted to other uses such as biodiversity protection. Third, casting the relationship with woodworkers as a form of community forestry and state-community partnership is useful to the Forestry Division’s image with NGOs and international donors.

Keywords: ecological dynamics; forest resource inventory and management; forestry partnerships; Partnerships; periodic block system (PBS); socio-political dynamics; sustainable timber production; Trinidad; Trinidad: Dealing; woodworkers



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