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Forest Resource Management as Common Property in Mountainous Area

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Onprom, Surin
Conference: Politics of the Commons: Articulating Development and Strengthening Local Practices
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Conf. Date: July 11-14, 2003
Date: 2003
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1576
Sector: Forestry
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): IASC
common pool resources
forest management--case study
community forestry
Karen (Southeast Asian people)
Hmong (Asian people)
mountain regions
Abstract: "Mountainous area has gotten risk in soil erosion and lower diversity. Therefore, mountaineers become poor, not health, not hygiene and jobless. Today, most mountainous areas face environmental and social problem. The government and many organizations have involved in resources and social management and development. Particularly the Royal Forest Department has been a main organization for resource management in mountainous area. The government passed the act and policy for managing forest resource in mountainous area. Many areas were declared as national reserved forest and protected area, such as national park, wild sanctuary and watershed area. The policy was based on the concept that the resources are belonged to the government and they would be managed by the government. In fact, the government can not protect ecological systems in mountainous area. The mountainous areas were degenerated because the policy was inefficiency, lack of human resource and budget and lack of corporation from local people. Therefore, the resources in mountainous area became open access resources. This paper has objectives to reflect an impact of forest resources management as common property and roles of local community organizations in forest resources conservation."

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