An assessment of governance quality for community-based forest management systems in Asia: Prioritisation of governance indicators at various scales

Maraseni, Tek Narayan and Bhattarai, Nabin and Karky, Bhaskar Singh and Cadman, Timothy and Timalsina, Niroj and Bhandari, Trishna Singh and Apan, Armando and Ma, Hwan Ok and Rawat, R. S. and Verma, Nemit and San, Su Mon and Oo, Thaung Naing and Dorji, Kinley and Dhungana, Sindhu and Poudel, Mohan (2019) An assessment of governance quality for community-based forest management systems in Asia: Prioritisation of governance indicators at various scales. Land Use Policy, 81. pp. 750-671. ISSN 0264-8377

Abstract

Community-based forest management systems (CBFMS) are becoming increasingly popular in developing countries where 31% of the total forest is either managed or owned by the community. This paper presents the results of a four-country study conducted in 2017 in Nepal, Bhutan, India and Myanmar concerning the governance quality of CBFMS. The introduction outlines the global threat to forests, the contribution that forest-based emissions make to climate change, and the policy response of the international and national communities including REDD + . The next section provides a snapshot of CBFMS in the four case study countries, and is followed by an account of the methodology, approach, framework of analysis and sampling surveys undertaken during the course of, and informing, the research. The results of the surveys revealed that perceptions of governance quality, as well as governance priorities, varied between the countries, and also at the three levels of government (national, sub-national and local) within a country. For example, Myanmar and Bhutan had very high governance ratings from local levels compared to other levels, whereas, Nepal and India had similar ratings for all levels. Further, regarding the prioritisation of different indicators, Myanmar gave highest priority to “inclusiveness” at the local level but “democracy” at the national level. The reasons for the similarities and differences between and within these countries and the possible implications are discussed.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 23:50
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2020 23:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community forestry; Quality of governance Indicators; Nepal; India; Bhutan; Myanmar
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070504 Forestry Management and Environment
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960799 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.11.044
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36532

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