A review of the role of property rights and forest policies in the management of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest in Bangladesh

Roy, Anjan Kumer Dev and Alam, Khorshed and Gow, Jeff (2012) A review of the role of property rights and forest policies in the management of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest in Bangladesh. Forest Policy and Economics, 15. pp. 46-53. ISSN 1389-9341


The purpose of this paper is to critically evaluate past forest management policies and property rights regimes
in achieving sustainability of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest (SMF) in Bangladesh. The adequacy of forest policies to reflect regimes of property rights in their design and implementation is examined using content analysis. The analysis synthesises forest policies of four distinct historical time periods, and the embedding of property rights during those periods using Schlager and Ostrom's typology. The findings reveal the inadequacy of the existing state property rights regime to secure the livelihood of 3.5 million people in marginalised and disadvantaged forest-dependent communities, and to achieve sustainability in the SMF by reversing the trend of rapid reduction of forest resources. The challenge, therefore, is to find an alternative property rights regime to address the missing link between conservation and livelihood-security of forest-dependent communities using sustainable management practices in the SMF.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2012 08:18
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2014 05:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bangladesh; co-management; forest-dependent communities; property rights; Sundarbans Mangrove Forest; sustainability
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180124 Property Law (excl. Intellectual Property Law)
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140202 Economic Development and Growth
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070504 Forestry Management and Environment
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8201 Forestry > 820199 Forestry not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2011.08.009
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20795

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