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Partnerships between forestry companies and local communities: Mechanisms for efficiency, equity, resilience and accountability

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This chapter reviews the operational features affecting the immediate efficiency, equity and durability of a broad typology of company-community forestry partnerships, with a focus on key practical challenges and solutions from actual experience, based on a global review of forestry partnerships coordinated by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). It uses the term partnership to describe a very wide spectrum of deals, contracts and informal arrangements between companies and communities, with third parties playing important supportive roles. ‘Companies’ are defined as formal organisations set up to make profit. ‘Communities’ include individual small-scale tree-growers or landholders, but also other local residents and institutions. ‘Forestry’ refers to the management of trees and forests for goods and services, with a focus in this chapter on the management of planted and natural forest for the production of wood fibre.

Keywords: company-community forestry partnerships; dispute resolution mechanisms; International Institute for Environment and Development(IIED); non-timber forest products; Western India Match Company (Wimco) Limited; wood fibre production



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