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Impacts of multi-scale partnerships on Miskitu forest governance in Nicaragua

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As a result of the simultaneous globalisation and localisation of forest management in Nicaragua's Autonomous Region, new cross-scale partnerships are emerging in indigenous Miskitu communities. This chapter examines four multi-scale co-management partnerships involving international donors, government agencies, private corporations, non-governmental organisations and indigenous villages. It focuses on the question of how cross-scale linkages function in actual forest management, how these partnerships integrate multiple horizontal and vertical governance scales and how they have influenced the structure of Miskitu governance over common pool forests. The chapter analyses the four cases using a threefold theoretical framework that involves politics of scale, common pool resource management and indigenous development. It introduces the study area and the contextual factors in which the partnerships are being shaped, and discusses the fieldwork methods and theoretical framework used. Next the chapter evaluates the four multi-scaled forestry partnerships and describes changes in Miskitu governance structures.

Keywords: common pool resource management; forest management; Miskitu communities; Miskitu governance structures; multi-scaled forestry partnerships; Nicaragua



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