1st Edition

Lessons from Forest Decentralization Money, Justice and the Quest for Good Governance in Asia-Pacific

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    The decentralization of control over the vast forests of the world is moving at a rapid pace, with both positive and negative ramifications for people and forests themselves. The fresh research from a host of Asia-Pacific countries described in this book presents rich and varied experience with decentralization and provides important lessons for other regions. 

    Beginning with historical and geographical overview chapters, the book proceeds to more in-depth coverage of the region's countries. Research findings stress rights, roles and responsibilities on the one hand, and organization, capacity-building, infrastructure and legal aspects on the other. With these overarching themes in mind, the authors take on many controversial topics and address practical challenges related to financing and reinvestment in sustainable forest management under decentralized governance. Particular efforts have been made to examine decentralization scales from the local to the national, and to address gender issues. The result is a unique examination of decentralization issues in forestry with clear lessons for policy, social equity, forest management, research, development and conservation in forested areas across the globe from the tropics to temperate regions. 

    Published with CIFOR


    M.S. Kaban 

    1. Setting the Stage: Money and Justice in Asian and Pacific Forests 

    Carol J. Pierce Colfer, Ganga Ram Dahal and Moira Moeliono 

    2. From Decentralization to Governance: Recurring Issues 

    Christian Kuchli 

    3. Governance, Tenure and Equity in Asia-Pacific Forests 

    Lesley Potter 

    4. A Different Vantage Point: Decentralization, Women's Organizing and Local Forest Management 

    Seema Arora-Jonsson 

    5. Community Forestry in Nepal: Decentralized Forest Governance  

    Ganga Ram Dahal and Apsara Chapagain 

    6. Policies and Programme to Make Decentralization Effective: A Case Study from China 

    Liu Dachang 

    7. Forest Fire Management and Autonomy in the Republic of Korea 

    Byoung Il Yoo 

    8. The Gap between Policy and Practice in Lao PDR 

    Yayoi Fujita and Kaisone Phengsopha 

    9. Consultative Planning for Effective Forest Governance: Case Studies from Malaysia and Indonesia 

    Efransjah, Petrus Gunarso, Che Hashim bin Hassan and Kresno D. Santosa 

    10. Implementing Decentralization: Lessons from Experiences in Indonesia 


    11. Devolved and Decentralized Forest Management in the Philippines: Triggers and Constraints in Investments 

    Ernesto S. Guiang, Ferdinand Esguerra and Domingo Bacalla 

    12. The Household Economy and Decentralization of Forest Management in Vietnam 

    Tan Quang Nguyen 

    13. Decentralization and Forest Governance in Asia and the Pacific: Trends, Lessons and Continuing Challenges 

    Doris Capistrano 


    Bob Fisher


    Carol J. Pierce Colfer is a Principal Scientist in the Forests and Governance Program at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in Bogor, Indonesia. 

    Ganga Ram Dahal is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the same programme, and Doris Capistrano is Director of Forests and Governance at CIFOR, Indonesia.