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Accommodating Conflicting Interests in Forestry: Concepts Emerging from Pluralism

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Anderson, Jon; Clément, Jean; Crowder, Loy Van
Journal: Unasylva
Volume: 49
Page(s): 3-10
Date: 1998
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/8388
Sector: Forestry
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Subject(s): pluralism
rural development
sustainability
forest management
participatory development
Abstract: "Pluralism has longstanding philosophical and political roots even though the term is fairly recent. At its core, the concept of pluralism recognizes the inevitable existence of differing, often conflicting, positions on any question of substance, from politics to ecosystem management. Pluralism describes situations where distinct groups are actively autonomous and independent, but often interdependent, with legitimate claims and different positions on critical substantive issues. These differences are based on separate values, perceptions, objectives and knowledge. It describes the dynamic interplay between different ideologies, interests and organizations. When applied conceptually to forestry and rural development, pluralism may improve the understanding of certain organizational situations and improve the assessment and use of techniques and methods for sustainable forest management."

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