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Improving the benefits to the poor from community forestry in the Churia region of Nepal

Maharjan, M.R., Dhakal, T.R., Thapa, S.K., Schreckenberg, K. and Luttrell, C. (2009) Improving the benefits to the poor from community forestry in the Churia region of Nepal International Forestry Review, 11, (2), pp. 254-267. (doi:10.1505/ifor.11.2.254).

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In spite of the impressive scale of community forestry in Nepal over the last three decades, and its apparent benefits in terms of improved forest condition, there are concerns that the main economic benefits are not equally distributed and that the community forestry process perpetuates or even reinforces social inequity, economic and environmental injustice. This paper presents the findings of a study investigating the livelihood impact of community forestry in eight community forest user groups in the Churia part of the Terai region. Impacts were found to be very variable within and between user groups and not easily explained by any single factor. A general finding, however, was that, community forestry shifts benefit flows from individual households to the community level. This means that promotion of fair representation and active participation by the poorest is needed to ensure that they gain access to the new community-level decision-making fora and the resources managed at this level.

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Published date: 2009
Keywords: participatory forest management, livelihoods, pro-poor activities, good governance, poverty


Local EPrints ID: 76116
ISSN: 1465-5489
PURE UUID: 046775ae-5c3c-47b7-ada9-75d86e169fda

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Date deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:41

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Author: M.R. Maharjan
Author: T.R. Dhakal
Author: S.K. Thapa
Author: C. Luttrell

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